End Unjust HIV Criminalization

YouthCO is proud to endorse the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization's (CCHRC) Community Consensus Statement, released this World AIDS Day. As an organization, we stand against the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, and the stigma and fear it perpetuates with its outdated evidence about how HIV is and is not passed. 

The Community Consensus Statement outlines a shared critique of Canada’s approach to HIV criminalization. Written by the leading agencies working on this issue, the Community Consensus Statement includes specific actions to be taken by federal, provincial and territorial governments to end unjust criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV. The statement and related advocacy documents can be found on the the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization's website at http://www.hivcriminalization.ca/community-consensus-statement/

The full text of the statement, including a full list of endorses, can also be found below:


YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!