Evidence-Based Resources on the Criminalization of HIV and Women

Women Living with HIV and Intimate Partner Violence: Questions & Answers

This guide, from HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and METRAC, is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner. It provides information on legal options for women living with HIV experiencing intimate partner violence, as well as family, immigration, criminal and public health law. Read more from the guide here

HIV and the Law Toolkit from Pacific AIDS Network

Pacific AIDS Network compiled an up-to-date and comprehensive resource to assist service providers and people living with or affected by HIV to navigate the laws around living with HIV. The toolkit includes brochures presenting specific information, to opinion pieces, scientific briefings, and informational videos. Read more from the toolkit here

Research Roundtable on Criminalization of HIV and Women in BC: Setting Priorities for Policy and Advocacy

On October 23, 2015, the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS), Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Positive Women’s Network on behalf of the Women, HIV and the Law Project held a one-day research roundtable to discuss the impact of the criminalization of HIV on women, and set research and advocacy priorities to inform policy and practice. Read more from GSHI

New Documentary Film by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law’

In their own words, eight women - leading feminist scholars, attorneys and women living with HIV - shine a light on the problems of using sexual assault law to prosecute alleged non-disclosure of HIV. Does the legal concept of consent, intended to protect women's sexual autonomy, in face increase their risk of violence and discrimination when used to criminalize HIV? Read more and watch the film

International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) Position Statement on Criminalization of Women Living with HIV

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) have published an updated position statement on the criminalization of women living with HIV for non-disclosure, potential or perceived exposure, and transmission. Read more from ICW

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Documentary 'Positive Women: Exposing Injustice' criminalization of HIV and women in Canada

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Positive Women's Network documentary film 'Positive Women: Exposing Injustice' looks at what happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner, and how women are impacted by the law in Canada. Read more and watch the film


Other Evidence-Based Resources on the Criminalization of HIV                         (not specific to women)

 World Health Organization Analysis on Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

The World Health Organization published an analysis of the impact of overly broad HIV criminalization on public health, adding further weight to the body of evidence supporting arguments that overly broad HIV criminalization does more harm than good to the HIV response. Read more from the World Health Organization

Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the HIV Justice Network's Progress Report: Advancing Justice

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the HIV Justice Network published a progress report on achievements and challenges in global advocacy against HIV criminalization, titled 'Advancing HIV Justice'. Read more on the HIV Justice Network

Positive Living BC Position Paper on the Need for New Charge Assessment Guidelines around HIV Non-Disclosure in BC, and Petition

Positive Living Society of BC released a position paper and executive summary, along with a petition, calling for new charge assessment guidelines in BC as around 13,000 people living with HIV in BC are vulnerable to prosecution based on the current guidelines around HIV exposure. Read more from Positive Living BC and Sign the Petition

New Publication in JIAS examines 'overly broad HIV criminalization' 

A new peer-reviewed publication by Cecile Kazatchkine, Edwin Bernard, and Patrick Eba has been published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society, titled 'Ending overly broad criminalization: Canadian scientists and clinicians stand for justice'. Read more from the JIAS

Canadian Consensus Statement on HIV and its Transmission in the Context of Criminal Law

Drs. Mona Loufty, Mark Tyndall, Jean-Guy Baril, Julio Montaner, Rupert Kaul, and Catherine Hankins published a consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law in the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology in 2014, discussing how physicians and scientists have an ethical responsibility to assist those in the criminal justice system to understand and interpret the science regarding HIV. Read more of the Consensus Statement

Special Issue on HIV Criminalization and Public Health in 'Critical Public Health'

The journal 'Critical Public Health' published a special issue on the topic of HIV criminalization. The special issue was guest edited by Eric Mykhalovskly and featured editorials, research papers, and book reviews all on the theme of HIV criminalization. Read more from Critical Public Health