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October 27, 2010

Canadian Judge Overturns Convictions of HIV-Positive Man

An HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose his status before sexual relations with his partners had four of his six sexual assault convictions overturned by the Manitoba Court of Appeals in Canada, Xtra! reports. In overturning the convictions, Justice Freda Steel referred to medical evidence showing lower risk when the accused wore a condom. She also cited evidence that his antiretroviral treatment meant he had a high probability of not being infectious, which means he didn’t pose a “significant risk.” Steel said the Supreme Court of Canada “attaches criminal liability to the failure to disclose one’s HIV-positive status when there is a ‘significant risk of bodily harm.’”

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