Ontario limits criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure

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CTV News reports:

TORONTO – Ontario says it will be restricting criminal prosecutions of HIV-positive people who don’t disclose their status to sexual partners.

The province’s attorney general and health minister announced today that Ontario Crown attorneys will no longer be pursuing criminal cases against people who have had a suppressed viral load for six months.

Non-disclosure has led to assault or sexual assault charges, because it’s been found to invalidate a partner’s consent — current wisdom suggests that if they knew a person had HIV, they wouldn’t consent to sexual activity because of the risk of transmission.

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