Testing positive for HIV in the 1980s was a death sentence for nearly everyone. Most people died within two years of diagnosis.
I was diagnosed in 1986 and lived.
Ohioans with HIV live in the long shadow of an ugly legal relic of the 1990s. Ohio’s HIV-specific laws, first enacted in 1996, are unscientific, unproductive and unjust. It is time that these laws are modernized to reflect accurate science, good public health policy and justice for an unfairly stigmatized group of Ohio citizens.