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On behalf of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure, we are very pleased to provide an update on the campaign urging Ontario’s Attorney General to undertake a process to develop guidelines for criminal prosecutors in cases involving allegations of non-disclosure of HIV status. The campaign calls on the Attorney General to ensure that people living with HIV, communities affected by HIV, legal, public health and scientific experts, health care providers, and AIDS service organizations are meaningfully involved in the process to develop such guidelines.
We are very happy to report that the Attorney General has begun to heed the concerns of the over 900 organizations and individuals that have thus far endorsed the campaign – the Working Group recently received confirmation that the Ministry of the Attorney General is engaged in a process to develop guidance materials for Crown prosecutors in the area of HIV-related prosecutions.
We applaud the Attorney General for taking this step. However, the timeframe for the issuance of the guidelines and the consultation process that will inform the development of the guidelines are unclear. The Working Group is waiting for a response from the Ministry on these issues.
While waiting for a response, the Working Group is planning a province-wide consultation on this issue. The consultation will take place over the next two months, and will involve people living with HIV, communities affected by HIV, legal, public health and scientific experts, health care providers, and AIDS service organizations.
Further information regarding the consultation will be forthcoming
We urge you to continue gathering endorsements to ensure that guidelines are issued in a timely manner and that meaningful consultation informs development of the guidelines. Please encourage your contacts to endorse the campaign, at the Ontario AIDS Network website.
Thank you very much for your support.
Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned about the campaign.
Anne Marie DiCenso
Executive Director, Prisoners’ HIV/AIDS Support Action Network Barrister & Solicitor, Executive Director, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic
Co-Chair, Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure Co-Chair, Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure