“The test came back positive for HIV.” These are the dreaded words that I heard one humid day in July.
HIV criminalization has become a landmine were walking and talking can blow up in your face. Dating becomes a question mark about, When, How, and If I tell. Having a full-time job and getting some dick could create jail time and a spot on the 11 o’clock news. Even if you disclose!
By Bryan Jones I first became interested in HIV criminalization laws while attending a United States Conference on Aids in 2010. I attended a session given by a lawyer from the Center for HIV Law and policy out of New York. Needless to say, I was intrigued and had many questions as to why these […]
I was utterly shocked, mad, and stunned! Surprised that I let this happen, Mad at myself and stunned to the point of disbelief. I drove to my close friend’s house and told her. she was shocked but supportive. For the first two to three years, I tried to ignore it. I sure in the heck did not take my medicine the way I was supposed to take it because every time I took a pill, it reminded me that I was HIV positive, and I did not want to deal with that
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