This guide was developed by the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) in partnership with Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) to complement the existing legal, ethical, and professional frameworks that inform nursing practice in Canada. The aim of this guide is to offer practical advice to HIV nurses and clarify professional obligations regarding HIV non-disclosure and the criminal law.
The guide is based on a comprehensive review of scientific literature and incorporates a wide range of documents and published resources. The contents are applicable to nurses who provide care to people living with HIV in Canada in in-patient and outpatient settings (including clinics, community health centers, and outreach). It specifically seeks to address the needs of HIV nurses and may not be applicable to nurses who work in public health.