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
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
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