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HIV is not a crime
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Xtra Spark – Activist Alert

HIV is never a crime – and it’s time to act now. 

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Today, a person living with HIV can be considered a criminal when having sex without disclosing their HIV status. This is true even in cases when someone maintains an undetectable viral load, meaning there is effectively no possibility of infection.

This use of the criminal law in response to a public health issue has been called “overly broad” by more than 70 prominent medical experts. As it stands, Canada's approach is unscientific and punishes and stigmatizes those in our society who live with HIV.

On Dec 1, 2016, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould signalled an openness to reforming Canada’s tough HIV laws. [Xtra]

Yet change won’t happen unless we keep up the pressure. That’s why we need you to sign the Ontario Working Group’s online petition to the attorney general demanding reform.
Sign the petition now
HIV criminalization affects a broad cross-section of the population. But we know that since 2004 it has disproportionately impacted Black men. We also know that women in abusive relationships sometimes fear disclosing their status to male partners for fear of abuse or charges.

HIV criminalization is an issue that can inspire a great degree of fear in our communities. We believe that Canada’s overly punitive response to HIV both reflects and sustains this climate of fear. We invite you to learn more about the issue by checking out our recent backgrounder on the issue. [Xtra Spark]

Signing this petition will help to build a united front in our community to fight HIV criminalization.
Sign the petition now
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