Canadian Supreme Court Outlines When It's Legal for HIVers Not to Disclose Before Sex
October 9, 2012
On October 5 -- in what HIV/AIDS activists call "a partial victory" -- the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that people with low levels of HIV who use condoms during sex do not have a duty to disclose their condition to sexual partners. The court -- in a 90 ruling -- reasoned that the decision reflects medical advances in treating the virus that causes AIDS.
HIV/AIDs activists sought to overturn court's 1998 decision that held that people with HIV must divulge their condition to their sex partners or face a charge of aggravated sexual assault, a charge which can carry a maximum life sentence. The activists claimed that the 1998 ruling has been applied unevenly and created confusion.View Full Article
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