The mission of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario is to provide legal services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario that are relevant to their well-being and that enable them to participate fully in the communities in which they live.
HALCO’s vision is a society where laws and the legal system help reduce discrimination, stigma, poverty and injustice faced by people living with HIV/AIDS.
Statement of Principles of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
(Adopted January 30, 2006, by the Board of Directors of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario.)
It is agreed that:
- People living with HIV/AIDS are confronted with unique legal problems of enormous proportions and complexity;
- Those best equipped to make choices regarding HIV/AIDS issues and problems are those individuals who are HIV positive themselves;
- People living with HIV/AIDS must have control over their own lives;
- The HIV/AIDS affected communities are very diverse and are confronted by overwhelming challenges derived from both their diversity and from their common experience as people living with HIV/AIDS;
- It is necessary to create and foster a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of people living with HIV/AIDS; and
- The confidentiality, bodily security, autonomy and privacy of people living with HIV/AIDS must be respected, which include but are not limited to:
a) the right of individuals to exercise control over their own medical treatment;
b) the right of individuals to exercise control over decisions concerning their own socio-economic position;
c) the right of all persons living with HIV/AIDS to be fully informed of all processes and procedures in which their interests are in any way involved; and
d) the right of all persons living with HIV/AIDS to consent, or withhold their consent, in all matters affecting them.
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