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Disclosure & Criminalization

Disclosure & Criminalization

Under Canada’s current criminal law, the duty to disclose one’s HIV-positive status does not apply to all sexual activity. People living with HIV have to disclose their HIV status to partners before sexual activity that poses “a realistic possibility” of HIV transmission. The Supreme Court’s recognize that there is no realistic possibility of HIV transmission when a condom is used and the person with HIV has a viral load of under 1,500 copies/ml of blood.

 If you are HIV-positive and need more information or legal advice, contact the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) at 416-340-7790 or 1-888-705-8889 (toll-free in Ontario).

You can also get information from your local AIDS service organization (ASO). To find an ASO and other HIV/AIDS programs near you, contact the Ontario AIDS and Sexual Health InfoLine. For information in English and many other languages call: 416-392-2437 or 1-800-668-2437 (toll-free in Ontario), and for French call: 1-800-267-7432 (toll-free in Ontario). The InfoLine is free and anonymous.

In Ontario, you can dial 211 on your phone or visit 211 Ontario to find an ASO and other HIV/AIDS programs in your city or town. Use your location to find services near you. You can also visit and search for an ASO using your postal code, or the name of your city or town.