Last week a potentially highly-influential court case surfaced in Canada as a man was convicted of murder for knowingly spreading HIV. More here. Coverage of this ruling seems to be quite light, though the ramifications of such action seem quite significant. While I am no law scholar, it seems as though this could create a very strong precedent that could be mimicked throughout the world. Will this perspective be applied to cases of men intentionally sleeping with virgins in the ill-conceived attempt to “cure” themselves? In cases of HIV-positive individuals knowingly sharing needles? Husbands infecting wives?

If this ruling proliferates, what are the implcations on HIV testing and prevention? If you can be convicted for knowingly spreading the virus, but not for unknowing diffusion, will this drive individuals away from testing?