Canada: Supreme Court makes bad HIV disclosure law worse
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday October 5th that individuals who know they are HIV-positive are liable to criminal prosecution for aggravated sexual assault - which comes with a maximum sentence of life in prison and sex offender status - if they do not disclose this fact prior to sex that may risk a “realistic possibility of transmission of HIV”. There’s been a lot of confusion about whether this ruling, which created the illusion of being fair, rational, just and based on the latest science, was a step in the right direction. Believe me, it wasn’t.
A blog by Edwin Bernard