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Canada: Supreme Court to Decide Whether People With HIV Have to Tell Their Sex Partners

February 6, 2012

Canada's Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear two cases regarding whether it is a crime for people with HIV to not tell their sexual partners about the infection when the risk of transmission is low. A 1998 ruling on the issue has been interpreted differently by judges across Canada.

In the first case, the Manitoba Court of Appeal overturned four convictions tied to one man's failure to disclose his infection to sex partners. The court noted that some sex partners lacked exposure to "significant risk." The man was on antiretroviral therapy and used condoms in some encounters, and none of his partners tested HIV-positive, the court said.

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