December 1st is World AIDS Day, a time to recognize those who live with HIV, to honor those who’ve died, and to come together in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.”
Late last week the Supreme Court of Canada held that when a person living with HIV has a low viral load and uses a condom there is no significant risk of transmission, and the legal requirement to disclose HIV status is not triggered. While this may appear a victory at first glance, the Court’s decision is a set-back in the struggle to overcome HIV stigma, and is a blow to public health messaging.
HIV Law Project contributes to the first update for the judiciary on HIV & AIDS in over 20 years. Cristina Velez, HLP’s Supervising Attorney, Immigration, co-wrote the chapter on Administrative Proceedings: HIV/AIDS Issues in Immigration Proceedings with Cornell Law School Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq. The chapter on HIV Testing and Confidentiality was written by Alison Yager, Esq., HLP’s Supervising Attorney, Policy.
According to a report released this week by the NYCLU, many public school districts across NYS provide sex-ed instruction that is inaccurate, incomplete and biased. The report analyzes sex-ed materials that have been used in 82 public school districts. HIV Law Project analyzed and wrote those sections of the report dealing with HIV.