Section 6: The case against overcriminalization (Lawyers’ Resource Kit)

This is Section 6 of Responding to the Criminalization of HIV Transmission or Exposure: Resources for lawyers and advocates. Access the full kit at aidslaw.ca/lawyers-kit.

This section provides information about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission across the world as well as actions taken to reduce inappropriate use of the criminal law against people living with HIV. The section includes materials describing the challenges associated with HIV criminalization and its impact on public health and human rights.

Global Advocacy

Policy Considerations

Key position statements against criminalization

Impact on Public Health and People Living with HIV

Videos

  • Positive Women: Exposing Injustice, 2012 (free online documentary produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions on the criminalization of HIV and its impact on women in Canada).
  • More HARM Than GOOD, 2013 (free online documentary produced by the HIV Justice Network on HIV criminalization and its impact on public health).
  • Consent: HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault law, 2015 (free online documentary produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions on the problems of using sexual assault law to prosecute alleged non-disclosure of HIV).

Articles and Reports

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