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HIV & Discrimination

Saskatchewan law prohibits discrimination on the basis of having AIDS or being HIV-positive. This means you cannot be discriminated against or harassed for testing HIV-positive or having AIDS, or for associating or living with people who are HIV-positive or people with AIDS.

Like other medical conditions, HIV and AIDS are considered to be a disability. Individuals who are HIV positive or have AIDS are protected from discrimination in areas such as employment, business, housing and education. School children who test positive for HIV or have AIDS have the right to attend school without any restrictions unless there is shown to be a significant risk to the child or to other children.

Employers cannot ask for your HIV status. They must agree to reasonable changes to the conditions of your job if required – for example, being flexible with your work hours so you can attend medical appointments. Landlords cannot refuse to rent a property to you on the basis of your HIV / AIDS status. You cannot be denied service – such as health care – because you have HIV or AIDS.

If you believe that you are being discriminated against because of your HIV status or because you have AIDS, contact the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission or talk to a lawyer.

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