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Supreme Court HIV decision: Queen's University expert

2012-10-09

Queen’s University medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to talk about today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision on whether people with low levels of HIV should face criminal charges if they don’t tell about their sex partners about their medical condition.

“My view is people who are on HIV medication and have undetectable levels of HIV in their blood stream are, for all intent and purposes, non-infectious. So a duty to disclose seems pointless,” Dr. Schuklenk says.

Another issue that concerns Dr. Schuklenk is by criminalizing the non-disclosure aspect, people would be reluctant to be tested and take HIV medication so they could tell the court they didn’t know they were infected.

Dr. Schuklenk is a philosophy professor. He has studied and written about HIV and the law in various textbooks and most recently in the International Journal of Law and Context.

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