HIV Is Not A Crime

YouthCO opposes the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. We believe the criminal law perpetuates fear and stigma, and further harms those of us who are living with HIV, who are people of colour,  who are indigenous, who are poor, and who are part of LGBTQ+ communities. We offer a short workshop that explains the current case law related to HIV non-disclosure, and explains our firm opposition to this practice.

Our resources include a short video (below) and an a position paper on this issue. All of our content on this topic is available on our here.


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!