Dear GAA Friend,
Nearly everyone knows now that older persons are increasingly engaged in sex and can be exposed to HIV/AIDS. What are the rules about informing a partner about one's condition? Are there any?
This past Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that it's a "sexual assault" if there is a "realistic possibility" that the partner gave the AIDS virus to his/her partner.
The Supreme Court nullified existing Canadian law that required persons with HIV to disclose their condition to partners without exception.
People have plenty of opinions about this issue: Some say that "telling" is not necessary when partners use condoms because there's little chance of HIV/AIDS transmission. Others feel that persons with HIV make up a marginalized group and that they should not have their civil liberties denied by having to tell every potential partner that they have HIV/AIDS.
What do you think? Please send your comments.
Have a good weekend, Susanne Paul for Global Action on Aging