Understanding the Law

Providing advice to communities

This section includes resources designed to inform affected communities about laws criminalising HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission. Some also offer advice about what to do if a person with HIV is accused of putting another person at risk of infection without disclosing their HIV status. Resources include brochures, factsheets, guides, palm cards and videos.

Criminal law and HIV non-disclosure: What should PHAs do if they are concerned that they may be under investigation for allegedly failing to disclose their HIV-positive status?

Outlines what people with HIV should do if they are concerned they may be or they are being investigated by police.

HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners: Questions & Answers for Newcomers

Includes 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.

Alternative links
Chinese / 中文, French /Français, Punjabi / ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਦੇ, Spanish / Español

HIV non-disclosure and the criminal law: Implications of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions for people living with HIV: Questions & Answers

This Q&A document provides an overview of the answers to commonly asked questions regarding the October 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decision around HIV disclosure.

Police Investigation Of HIV Transmission: A Guide for People Living with HIV in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Includes guidance for community members explaining ‘Investigation Guidance relating to the Criminal Transmission of HIV’ for police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Guidance for People Living with HIV Who Are Threatened with, or Are Facing, Criminal Prosecution for HIV Nondisclosure or Exposure

Gives basic but essential guidance on what to do when the risk of criminal prosecution for HIV nondisclosure or exposure may be a reality. Outlines basic “dos” and “don’ts” and includes a list of legal resources (pages 3-5 in Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: A Manual For Advocates. Vol 2: A Legal Toolkit Resources for Attorneys Handling HIV-Related Prosecutions).

Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: A manual for advocates. Vol 3: This is how we win. A Toolkit for community Advocates

Contains numerous criminalisation documents (also listed separately on this site), including Ten things anyone can do to help end HIV criminalization, How a Bill becomes a law, State-level legislative advocacy cheat sheet, How to talk about HIV criminalization with elected officials, media and others.

Privacy and Disclosure for Youth Living with HIV or Hep C: Questions and Answers

This guide for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 focuses on some of the factors at play when young people living with HIV or hepatitis C (Hep C) are thinking about telling others about their HIV or Hep C status. Includes section on reducing the risk of criminal prosecution for non-disclosure to sexual partners.

Alternative links
http://www.aidslaw.ca/site/privacy-and-disclosure-for-youth-living-with-hiv-or-hep-c-questions-and-answers/?lang=fr