Revealing one’s serostatus


February 7th, 2014

Because of its confidential nature, serostatus is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Therefore there is no legal obligation to disclose one’s status in everyday life situations and in the absence of the risk of transmission. But the question of revealing seropositive status is an everyday issue for people living with HIV. Should they reveal it or conceal it? To whom and from whom? When? How? This is often a difficult decision, because the stigma is real, and rejection, whether real or perceived, is always a possibility.

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