This leaflet aims to explain the COPFS policy and Scots law in a straightforward way and to answer some of the most common questions
and concerns people have. It is not a substitute for legal advice. We would recommend that people involved in these cases access good legal advice and representation as soon as possible. If you need advice on securing legal representation, read the section entitled ‘What do I do if someone accuses me?’ in this guide.

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Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust (NAT) and HIV Scotland oppose prosecutions for ‘reckless’ transmission or exposure. However, in this document we aim to give an objective account of the law and provide advice that is helpful and in the best interests of all readers.