(TORONTO) — Canada is easing up on HIV disclosure laws.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled 9-0 Friday that people with low levels of the HIV virus are not legally required to make their condition known to sexual partners as long as they use a condom. A low viral load in combination with the use of a condom does not introduce “a significant risk of serious bodily harm,” according to court documents.
An older ruling decided that people with HIV who had sex without disclosing their condition to their partner could be charged with aggravated assault and face a maximum life sentence in prison, the Toronto Star reports.
In the U.S., it is illegal in at least 24 states not to reveal this condition to sexual partners.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN