The Limiting Role of Criminal Law in Minimizing the Spread of Hiv/Aids in Nigeria

Olubayo Oluduro


The paper examines some of the reasons for the increase in the criminalization of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) endangerment across the globe and whether or not these laws have had any significant impact on the spread of the disease. Rather than criminalizing HIV in Nigeria, the paper calls for such cases to be treated under the existing traditional criminal law or public health law offences of the State.
Key words: Criminal law; Nigeria; Prosecution; Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Résumé: L'article examine plusieurs raisons de l'augmentation de la criminalisation liée au danger du virus de l'immunodéficience humaine (VIH) à travers le monde et tente de savoir si ces lois ont eu un impact significatif sur l'expansion de la maladie. Plutôt que de criminaliser le VIH au Nigeria, l'article demande de traiter certains cas dans le cadre des infractions du droit pénal traditionnel en vigueur ou du droit public de la santé de l'état.
Mots-clés: Droit penal; Nigeria; Poursuite; Virus de l'immunodéficience humaine (VIH); Syndrome d'immunodéficience acquise (SIDA)


Criminal law; Nigeria; Prosecution; Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS);Droit penal; Nigeria; Poursuite; Virus de l'immunodéficience humaine (VIH); Syndrome d'immunodéficience acquise (SIDA)

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