HIV Criminalization Hurts Women on Both Sides of the Courtroom

Laws requiring individuals with HIV to disclose their status before sex are assumed to be in place to protect people. Often these laws are framed as protection for women. In a 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decision that made the law governing HIV non-disclosure stricter, the judges indicated a particular concern for "the trusting wife." But the intent of a law is one thing. The impact is another.