Category: HIV and the Law

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network  Join us for an all-day discussion of science, law and advocacy related to HIV criminalization. We’re excited to be joined by Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti, among other distinguished speakers and guests. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the unjust criminalization of people… Read more »

Important update: working to end HIV criminalization

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Legal Network testifies as Justice Committee begins study Last week, the House of Commons Justice Committee began its study of the Criminalization of Non-Disclosure of HIV Status. Our executive director, Richard Elliott, testified as a key witness to help our MPs gain more insight into what the law should… Read more »

New Prosecutorial Guidelines Announced

Over the past few months, PAN and other allied organizations including the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CHLN) have been in contact with BC Attorney General David Eby’s office regarding collective concerns about the ongoing overly broad and unjust use of the criminal law in relation to HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission. We have called on… Read more »

New resource from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: The Perils of “Protection”: Sex Workers’ Experiences of Law Enforcement in Ontario (pdf).   Excerpt: The Sex Work Documentation Project was borne from a need identified by sex worker advocates and allies to document sex workers’ experiences with law enforcement — exploring the ways in which myriad criminal,… Read more »

Join CATIE for a webinar to learn more about how Terrence Higgins Trust developed and delivered its “Can’t Pass It On” campaign in the United Kingdom, and the lessons we can apply here in Canada. Date: March 28, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Pacific time Terrence Higgins Trust is a British charity that increases awareness and… Read more »

As many of us are now aware, U=U (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable), means that people living with HIV (PLHIV) can feel confident that, if they have a sustained undetectable viral load for at least six months, they will not pass on HIV to their sexual partners. Treatment as Prevention®, pioneered by the BC-CfE in 2006, formed… Read more »

Update on The Push to End Unjust HIV Prosecutions in BC

Since the then federal Minister of Justice’s Jody Wilson-Raybould’s World AIDS Day announcement, advocacy has continued apace with BC’s Attorney General David Eby – with strong efforts by Positive Living BC, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and PAN, to name but a few. There was definitely much to be encouraged by… Read more »

The Push to End Unjust HIV Prosecutions in BC

This past December 1, the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Department of Justice announced  a new directive regarding prosecution of HIV non-disclosure cases– one that “… will reflect the most recent scientific evidence related to the risks of sexual transmission of HIV, as reviewed by the Public… Read more »

End HIV Criminalization: Endorse the CCRHC’s call to the federal government. As the HIV community prepares to mark World AIDS Day on December 1st, the Government of Canada has yet to take concrete action to end what it has recognized as the overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV. The… Read more »

Limiting HIV prosecutions: Nice talk, but little action

This is a reprint of the latest Communique from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Add your name to subscription list for Legal Network email updates.   It’s past time for action by the federal government. On World AIDS Day 2016, the federal Justice Minister declared that Canada must address the “overcriminalization of HIV” that contributes to… Read more »

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network “Today, at the 22nd International AIDS Conference underway in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 20 eminent world scientists — including two leading Canadian researchers — released a groundbreaking Expert Consensus Statement providing their conclusive opinion on the low-to-no possibility of a person living with HIV transmitting the virus in various situations, including via sexual… Read more »

This spring saw the publication of the updated BC Crown Counsel Prosecution Guidelines including the Sex 2 policy, which indicates how people living with HIV may be charged in cases of non-disclosure of HIV. On May 31st, we posted a blog by PAN’s Executive Director, J. Evin Jones, BC’s New Prosecutorial Guidelines on HIV Non-Disclosure Murky… Read more »