A Risk Research Working Group Co-Sponsored Event


Canada has been a global leader in advancing HIV treatment and prevention interventions to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV and reducing transmissions. At the same time, Canada is known as as a global leader for criminalizing people living with HIV for transmission, non-disclosure and exposure.

We are hosting a structured dialogue between leading interdisciplinary researchers, experts, and people with lived experience, all working at the intersections of research, clinical care, service delivery, public health and criminal justice to discuss setting new research directions to address the quickly shifting landscape of HIV criminalization and advances in treatment and prevention, and public health surveillance technologies.


  • Where are we now with HIV treatment and prevention technologies and monitoring?
  • Current research on HIV criminalization, including: the impacts of criminalization, the role of viral suppression, the ongoing racialization of criminalization, the gendered dimensions of criminalization, service provider perspectives, and intersections with other criminalized issues and communities.
  • Use of coercive public legislation to manage HIV exposure, non-disclosure and medication adherence, including PrEP adherence and forms of coercion.
  • Public health monitoring techniques, including molecular HIV surveillance, mandatory viral load reporting, “out of care” watch lists, as well as public health orders & mandated HIV treatment.

Confirmed speaker:Trevor Hoppe, Department of Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and author of the award-winning Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness. Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary award in LGBTQ Studies, and 2019 ASA Sexualities Distinguished Book Award.

Dr. Hoppe will also be giving a public talk on Thursday, November 20 at Glad Day Bookshop – The world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore.

Full speaker schedule pending.

This event does not have funds to support participation but some of the presentations will be steamed online to support wider engagement.

Hosted by Alexander McClelland of Concordia University, Adrian Guta of University of Windsor, Marilou Gagnon of University of Victoria, Michael Orsini of University of Ottawa, Eli Manning of Dalhousie University, and Richard Elliott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

For more information, please contact Alexander McClelland at: mcclelland.alex@gmail.com

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