HIV Scotland has launched a consultation on malicious disclosure of HIV status. The aim is to understand the views of people living with and affected by HIV, organisations that support people living with HIV, and legal professionals. The consultation covers both actual and threatened malicious disclosure of someone's HIV status and whether this should be regarded in law as a hate crime or criminal offence.
HIV Scotland says it has heard from a number of people living with HIV who have been affected by this behaviour. Due to the continuing stigma around HIV, malicious disclosure has caused problems at work and with relationships. Some affected people feel they have been the victim of a crime.
The Scottish Government has announced that it will bring forward new Hate Crime legislation. HIV Scotland is running the consultation to understand whether it should campaign to include this as an offence. People living with HIV are already protected under the disability category of The Equality Act 2010.
The consultation will be open until Monday 2nd November. Written attachments can be submitted online at https://www.hiv.scot/forms/consultation-on-malicious-disclosure-of-hiv-statusby email to [email protected].