Canadian Scientists: consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law

Canadian Scientists Take Important Stand: Criminal Law Currently Goes Too Far in Prosecuting HIV Non-Disclosure – Human rights organizations applaud expert consensus statement.

More than 70 scientific experts Canada-wide released an important consensus statement outlining the low-to-zero possibility of a person living with HIV transmitting the virus in various situations. The statement was developed out of a concern that “a poor appreciation of the scientific understanding of HIV and its transmission” is contributing to the overly broad use of criminal charges against people for alleged non-disclosure of HIV status.

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), la Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le VIH/sida (COCQ-SIDA) and the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure applaud this consensus statement.

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