The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is pleased to report that Bill C-9, the Government’s legislation aimed at eliminating conditional sentencing for certain criminal offences, was amended before passing third reading in the House of Commons so that it no longer applies to drug offences.
This document assesses some of the measures taken recently to improve access to more affordable ARV therapy in developing countries. It provides a synopsis of the key WTO rules and developments, and of the Canadian law, the concrete benefits of which have yet to be realized.
Until now, India, Brazil and Thailand have been among the biggest generic ARV producers, both for their own people and for export. This production has been crucial for the supply of affordable treatment in the developing world. It has resulted in competition between producers, which has reduced the price of many ARVs from as much … Read more
There are increasing calls by public health authorities and policy-makers to modify or abandon the well-established model of voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV in favour of models that do not necessarily preserve the elements of informed consent, pre- and post-test counselling and confi dentiality of test results. This report summarizes the conclusions of … Read more
There has recently been a movement on the part of the newly elected federal government to consider mandatory sentences and stiff penalties for drug offenders. However, scientific evidence indicates that mandatory minimum sentences only worsen the health-related harms associated with incarceration by increasing the transmission of infectious disease in prisons.
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Canada is facing a public health crisis with respect to injection drug use. Rates of blood borne infections among people who inject drugs increased during the 1990s at an alarming rate. By 1996, almost half of all new HIV diagnoses were in people who inject drugs. Since 1997, the proportion of new HIV infections annually … Read more
The purpose of this briefing note is to give community-based AIDS organizations (CBAOs) information to help them respond to media questions and other inquiries. The information in this Briefing Note is intended to provide responses that are positive and constructive, and respect people living with HIV. The information contained in this Briefing Note is “brief.” … Read more