Poland

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EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

28 Oct 2013
EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Specific laws

Specific law enacted Yes

Specific law criminalising HIV non disclosure, exposure, or transmission: Yes

Prosecuted using non-HIV specific laws: No

Prosecuted using both specific and non specific laws: No

Is non-disclosure actionable: No

Is exposure actionable: No

Is transmission actionable: No

Prosecutions

Number of prosecutions 1

Convictions

Number of convictions 1

Laws

Applicable laws

Criminal Code 1997. Article 161 point 1

Applicable key wording

Unofficial English Translation:

Whoever, knowing that he or she is infected by the HIV virus directly exposes another person to infection from that disease shall be subject to penalty of deprivation of liberty for up to 3 years.

Original Polish Wording: Kto, wiedząc, że jest zarażony wirusem HIV, naraża bezpośrednio inną osobę na takie zarażenie, podlega karze pozbawienia wolności do lat 3.

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017