Privacy Protection and the Disclosure of Health Information: Legal Issues for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Canada

This report focuses on three important areas of concern:

  • the lack of adequate and effective protections in Canadian law for the right of people living with HIV/AIDS to keep their personal health information private;
  • clauses in legislation that permit a person to disclose another person’s personal health information, including the health information of a person living with HIV/AIDS, without that person’s consent (“discretionary disclosure”); and
  • the inadequacy of legislative remedies for breaches of confidentiality.

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