Legislation to Authorize Forced Testing of Federal Prisoners for HIV: An Unjustified Violation of Human Rights

This submission explains why legislation authorizing the forced testing of federal prisoners for HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) should not be introduced or supported by the Government of Canada. Briefly stated, legislation authorizing the forced testing of people (i.e., without the individual’s informed consent) does not represent an appropriately balanced policy response to the issue of correctional officers’ potential or actual occupational exposures. Forced testing legislation remains a flawed approach that does not adequately respect and protect human rights.

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