HIV-positive immigrants fall through cracks: Study
Calls on Ottawa to make cases of the virus a `reportable' disease
Jul 18, 2008 04:30 AM
THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER–Immigrants with HIV account for a large portion of new infections of the disease in Canada and they're slipping between the health-care cracks, a report warns.
Although Citizenship and Immigration Canada is considering making HIV a reportable disease, currently it is not, meaning it is not considered a public health risk and it is not mandatory to report infections to public health officials.
The recent report by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control found about 16 per cent of all new infections in Canada are linked to people from countries where HIV is prevalent, yet they make up only 1.5 per cent of the Canadian population. The 2005 figure means the infection rate was almost 13 times greater for immigrants, or those connected to them, from HIV-endemic countries than for Canadians.
Tuberculosis and syphilis are considered reportable diseases by the federal immigration department, but HIV has only been designated a "notifiable" disease. There are no mandatory conditions for follow-up for immigrants who test positive for HIV. However, every province and territory lists HIV as a reportable disease.
"Targeted testing of immigrants, therefore, will increase the opportunity to ensure that HIV-positive immigrants are made aware of their status and support expedient counselling, prevention and treatment," said the report.
Notice how no mention of barring them entry due to public health concerns is made. It seems the report is more concerned with the health and welfare of immigrants, who are non-Canadian citizens who haven't paid a dime into the public health care system, than it is of Canadians.
But critics say making HIV a reportable disease is an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.
What!? An unnecessary intrusion? Who are these people? So it's a human right now for an individual to keep secret his or her HIV positive status while infecting other people in society. Is it just me or does Canada seem to be getting more messed up each and every day?
Between 2002 and 2006 there were 2,567 immigration applicants who tested positive for HIV during their medical exams among the 1.2 million immigrants to Canada accepted during the same period.
Of those HIV-positive applicants, 89 per cent were determined to be medically admissible to Canada.
The question is why? What about the long term health risks these people posses? What about the strain these people may place on an already over stressed health care system? Why are we importing these medical problems into this country when there are waiting lists for MRI scans? Is Canada becoming the world's hospital care of the Canadian tax payer? I hope not because we simply cannot afford to take care of the world. But if it is your goal to bust Canada's public health care system then mass immigration will help you get that job done.
In related news Refugee Resettlement Watch brought this to my attention.
Duty to disclose
Man didn't tell partners of HIV
By DEAN PRITCHARD, SUN MEDIA
A Winnipeg man who hid the fact he was HIV-positive from his young sex partners has been convicted of six counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Justice Joan McKelvey convicted Clato Mabior, 31, yesterday of two additional counts of sexual touching and sexual interference. McKelvey acquitted Mabior of three additional counts of aggravated sexual assault involving three different victims.
At trial, the victims -- one as young as 12 years of age -- testified Mabior plied them with booze and drugs and engaged in repeated acts of unprotected sex without ever disclosing he was HIV-positive.
No date for sentencing has been set. The Crown is expected to seek a lengthy penitentiary sentence. Mabior, a Sudanese refugee, is likely to face certain deportation upon completing his sentence.
An "unnecessary intrusion of privacy" indeed! Morons.