27-year-old, Toronto resident Ala Al Safi has been arrested and is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Safi is charged with two counts because he had sex with two men without sharing the fact that he was HIV-positive. And both men later contracted the disease.
Some may feel that the charges are warranted, and some may feel that the justice system is going to extremes.
That said, in Canada these actions are not only legal but the preference of the justice system.
Canadian law says that if you are HIV-postive and are engaging in sex, you have to share your status with the other person. Otherwise, the possible transmission of the disease is liable for jail time.
And this law is going strong with more than 170 people who have been charged because of the fact that they didn’t share their status.
As you might think, these laws are being questioned by activists, and some question the implications these laws can have on the stigma towards people living with HIV.
But, for now there is no change and Ala Al Safi is on his way to the courthouse.
Author: Devin Randall