Category: HIV and the Law

June 1, 2016 — Close to 250 Canadian organizations, including PAN, have signed a statement urging federal and provincial governments to immediately implement prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) in institutions across the country. Representing the views of a broad cross-section of Canadian civil society, the statement highlights the overwhelming scientific, empirical and human rights… Read more »

Survey 2016 — Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network relies on your feedback to measure our past successes and to help direct our future efforts. Please take a few moments to evaluate some aspects of our work over the past year or two, and share with us your ideas for a stronger Legal Network. Please respond no later… Read more »

This brochure — in five languages — will help newcomers to Canada make informed decisions about disclosing to sexual partners. It provides important information about the criminal law in Canada, public health, and specific implications for newcomers, including permanent residents, students, temporary workers, visitors, refugees, and people without immigration status. Click here to download the guide…. Read more »

On October 23, 2015, the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative (of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS), Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Positive Women’s Network (PWN) on behalf of the Women, HIV and the Law Project held a one-day Research Roundtable for a small group of leading experts, including women living with HIV (WLWH), academics, AIDS support organizations (ASOs), clinicians, and legal… Read more »

In a television interview this week, actor Charlie Sheen revealed he is living with HIV, claiming that part of his reason for doing so is to put an end to years of rumours as well as extortion through threats of revealing his status. His revelation has prompted a flurry of media attention and many questions… Read more »

To: Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice The Positive Living Society of British Columbia calls on the Justice Minister to take what steps are necessary to bring a halt to prosecutions for sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault based on HIV-non-disclosure. Click here to sign the petition. Why is this important? Canadians living with HIV are… Read more »

When it comes to HIV disclosure, the law is complicated. In 2012, the Canadian Supreme Court issued a regressive ruling that made the law stricter for people living with HIV, in opposition to scientific assessments of risk and medical advancements that reduce the likelihood of transmission. Legally, people living with HIV must use a condom… Read more »

It’s been a busy summer for Canadians with federal election campaigns now well underway. Interestingly, harm reduction services, the legalization of cannabis, and drug policy writ large have been prominent issues in the news — and we hope these critical human rights issues will remain front and centre. In the coming weeks, we’ll be connecting… Read more »

Leading figures in the HIV response have endorsed a call for immediate access to antiretroviral therapy for all people upon diagnosis with HIV, on the opening day of the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada. The Vancouver Consensus Statement has been endorsed by leaders of… Read more »