HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners

Disclosing to a sexual partner means telling someone you are having sex with that you are HIV-positive.

In Canada, people living with HIV have a legal obligation to tell their sexual partners they are HIV-positive before having sex in certain situations. If you do not disclose in these situations, you could be charged with a serious crime.

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Diclosure in Other Situations

In most other situations, it is your decision whether or not you choose to disclose your HIV status. Generally, HIV status is considered private, personal information. However, there are exceptions.

You can find more information about your rights and obligations regarding disclosure at work, to a post-secondary institution, as a patient and at school or daycare in several languages.

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Last updated: December 12, 2023 4006101