Whether you’re HIV-positive or –negative,
getting tested regularly for STBBIs will make you aware of your status, give you access to treatment if needed, and limit the after-effects an infection can cause. Knowing your status, whether it’s for HIV or another STBBI, will help you and your partner(s) stay healthy and make good decisions about your sexual practices. This is the first step towards being Ready for action.
If you’re HIV-positive, you should be aware of the possible consequences of failing to disclose your HIV-positive status to a partner with whom you’ve had high-risk sex, like anal sex without a condom. In Canada, in this specific context (anal sex without protection) a sexual partner could criminally prosecute you for not telling them you were living with HIV. Which could lead to a prison sentence. Being upfront about living with HIV is a good way to negotiate safer sex and to protect yourself from criminal prosecution. However, many men living with HIV tell us that telling potential partners often leads to rejection, which can be a hard situation to live with.
To learn more, check out the brochure Living positive created by REZO.
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network website also has a section on the criminalisation of non-disclosure of HIV.