When should someone be charged with spreading HIV?
According to Angel Parks, an HIV-positive woman who works at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, the answer is only in "extreme cases."
Yet the number of HIV-positive people going to jail on questionable convictions is rising--and a surprising number of those convicted are women.
Not disclosing one's HIV status has been considered a potential sex crime since 1998, when the Supreme Court (in the case R v. Cuerrier) agreed that an HIV-positive man could be charged with aggravated assault for having sex with two women without using condoms or disclosing his status.
Since then, there have been 92 prosecutions related to HIV exposure and seven of those convicted …