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HIV disclosure without consent linked to increased risk of verbal and physical violence against women living with HIV in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia

by D. Barreto, A. Krüsi, F. Ranville, H.Safford,, S. Pooyak, M. Braschel, J. Shoveller, K. Shannon.

This study examines the prevalence and correlates of violence against women living with HIV due to HIV status in Metro Vancouver and examines the particular impact of non-voluntary HIV disclosure. Found that WLWH who had their HIV status disclosed without consent had 5-fold increased risk of experiencing HIV-related violence. Suggests that the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure may contribute to and reproduce gender-based violence, and raises concern about stigma, discrimination, and women’s confidentiality rights.

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