Take Action on World AIDS Day
The Government of Canada’s consultation on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure concluded in January 2023 and the summary of its findings was released in the “What We Heard Report,” which was made public in June 2023. And yet we continue to wait for the government to take meaningful action on this file, while reminding policymakers that the current discriminatory and unscientific laws used to punish people living with HIV must be reformed.
As we heard clearly during our own, earlier consultations that informed the Coalition’s 2022 community consensus statement, the criminal law must be used only as a measure of last resort and must be strictly limited in its scope and application.
We need action, and we need it today, to:
- Remove non-disclosure, exposure, or transmission of HIV or other STBBIs from the reach of sexual assault laws, including the current mandatory designation as a sex offender.
- Enact reforms to ensure that any other provisions in the Criminal Codeare not used to further stigmatize and discriminate against people living with HIV and STBBIs. Prosecution under any offence in the Criminal Code should be limited to cases of actual, intentional transmission.
- End the deportation of non-citizens following conviction.
- Review past convictions so that people living with HIV previously criminalized under these harmful and stigmatizing laws no longer have to live with the label of a sex offender and criminal.
With your help we can make this happen!
Send a letter to government officials demanding the end of discriminatory and unscientific laws that criminalize people living with HIV.