Canada: Liberal government wants to reduce cases against those hiding HIV status to sex partners

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Canada: Liberal government wants to reduce cases against those hiding HIV status to sex partners

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 02 Dec 2017

Ottawa, Dec 2 (IBNS): The Liberal government in Canada wants to limit the number of prosecutions against those who do not reveal their HIV status to thesexual partners, media reports said.

The government said the criminal justice system failed to keep track with the medical science.

A recent study states people those who have HIV positive but undergoing treatment can pose little or no threat to his sexual partner.

"A person living with HIV who takes their treatment as prescribed is acting responsibly," it was quoted by CBC News.

The study shown that Canadian coming from marginalised sections are more likely to have HIVs other than others.

Regarding the matter, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was quoted by CBC News: "Our government is taking action to help reduce the stigmatization of persons living with HIV, including undertaking an evidence-based approach to addressing HIV non-disclosure in the criminal justice system."

Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, said:"You should not be prosecuting people who use condoms, you should not be prosecuting people for engaging in oral sex. The science doesn't warrant it."

"So today is good, but we still have work to do" he added.

Welcoming the report, Elliott said the report "heartening".


(Reporting by Souvik Ghosh)

Canada: Liberal government wants to reduce cases against those hiding HIV status to sex partners

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