Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Canadian AIDS Researchers Oppose HIV-Exposure Prosecutions

The current CMAJ includes this letter from three researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, arguing for an end to Canada's criminal prosecution of people who allegedly expose sexual partners to HIV. The letter points out that the actual risks of transmission to sexual partners are quite low for well-controlled HIV; that prosecutions have never been shown to reduce rates of infection: and that they may in fact discourage or interfere with HIV testing and treatment. In this interview, one of the co-authors also notes that while Canadian rates of prosecution for HIV exposure have been on the rise, there is no similar policy of prosecuting those who expose partners to other potentially serious viruses like HPV.

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