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February 7, 2012

Supreme Court of Canada to Hear HIV Disclosure Cases

The Canadian Supreme Court will hear two cases on Wednesday, February 8, to determine whether it is a crime for a person to withhold his or her HIV-positive status from a sexual partner if the risk of transmission is low, Huffington Post Canada reports. The upcoming ruling may clarify a 1998 Supreme Court decision that made it a crime to pose “significant risk” of HIV transmission to a sexual partner. In cases when an HIV-positive person has sex using a condom and is virally suppressed and on antiretroviral medication, the “significant risk” clause has been interpreted differently by various Canadian judges.

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Neil T, Los Angeles, 2012-02-07 21:54:02
BAD, BAD, BAD idea to criminalize HIV disclosure. Most transmissions are from people who DO NOT KNOW their status and this law will simply encourage people to NOT GET TESTED. That will not reduce HIV infections, in fact, it may increase them since these "don't knowers" are not breaking any laws by "not knowing." This law encourages "not knowing" (not getting tested). BAD, BAD, BAD idea.

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