HIV Is Not A Crime Position Paper


In 2014, YouthCO's staff, members and Board adopted a position paper formally opposing the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The position paper is available below.

As an organization focused on peer education and support around HIV and Hep C, YouthCO is strongly opposed to HIV criminalization. We call on Canada’s justice system to make evidence-based decisions around HIV and join us in working towards eliminating fear and stigma and supporting those living with HIV. The court must uphold the ideals of equality, human rights protection, nondiscrimination, and social justice in and change the current HIV criminalization law to reflect current scientific evidence.

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!