HIV Forensics: The Use of Phylogenetic Analysis as Evidence in Criminal Investigation of HIV Transmission

National AIDS Manual Briefing Papers, February 2007

12 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2007

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Edwin Bernard

National AIDS Manual; HIV Justice Network

Yusef Azad

National AIDS Trust

Anna-Maria Geretti

Royal Free Hospital

Anne-Mieke Van Damme

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Matthew Weait

University of London

Abstract

This briefing paper explains why criminal investigations of alleged sexual HIV transmission cannot be proved conclusively by scientific evidence alone. The paper is aimed at virologists and other potential expert witnesses as well as people working in the criminal justice system, but may also be useful for those supporting HIV-positive individuals as either potential complainants or defendants.

Keywords: HIV, forensics, criminal law, causation, evidence, transmission, disease, phylogenetics

JEL Classification: K14, K19

Suggested Citation

Bernard, Edwin and Azad, Yusef and Geretti, Anna-Maria and Van Damme, Anne-Mieke and Weait, Matthew J., HIV Forensics: The Use of Phylogenetic Analysis as Evidence in Criminal Investigation of HIV Transmission. National AIDS Manual Briefing Papers, February 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=967915

Edwin Bernard

National AIDS Manual ( email )

London
United Kingdom

HIV Justice Network ( email )

6 Atlingworth House
Brighton, BN21PN
United Kingdom

Yusef Azad

National AIDS Trust ( email )

New City Cloisters
196 Old Street
London EC1V 9FR
United Kingdom

Anna-Maria Geretti

Royal Free Hospital ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Anne-Mieke Van Damme

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Matthew J. Weait (Contact Author)

University of London ( email )

Senate House
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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