PositiveLite.com writer Denise Becker on CBC’s The Current
Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? Plus Bonus documentary!
What the CBC said: Here's the challenge ... Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule?
CBC Intro: Canadian law says failing to disclose may be nothing short of aggravated sexual assault. With yesterday's arrest of an HIV-positive woman on that very charge, the debate over moral obligation and criminal culpability begins once again. Today we speak with two women living with HIV who want their sex lives de-criminalized.
CBC Program Decsription: Legalities involving disclosure of HIV status - Panel
Police in Manitoba have charged a 25 year old Winnipeg woman with aggravated sexual assault. They say she did not tell a man wich who she had sexual relations that she was HIV positive -- the virus linked to AIDS.
Now, he is alleged to have the virus as well. Since 1998, it's been illegal in Canada not reveal to a sexual partner that you carry HIV. More than 130 people have been charged for not disclosing. But some activists and medical professionals believe these laws may actually put people living with HIV/AIDS in more danger than those worried about contracting the virus.
This fall, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two cases challenging the law. And next week, the documentary Positive Women: Exposing Injustice will premier in Toronto.
We are joined by two women who live with HIV and face the decision of when to disclose. Claudia Medina appears in the documentary - and was in our Toronto studio. Denise Becker was in our Kelowna studio. And Alison Symington is a senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
Audio link here.
On this week's Sunday Edition . . . Canada is the only jurisdiction in the world to have convicted someone of murder for transmitting the HIV virus. Karin Wells will bring us a story that pits the woman who prosecuted that case against one of the leading HIV doctors in the country. Her documentary is called A Calculated Risk. It airs at 10 am Sunday, 10:30 in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador on CBC Radio One. Audio link here.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kathleen Goldhar.
Audio link here http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/