$33M HIV Stripper Lawsuit REJECTED
A judge in Canada has rejected a $33 million lawsuit by a Toronto man who contracted HIV from his ex-wife, a stripper he met at a gentleman’s club. Percy Whiteman argued that the club, the province and the federal government failed to protect him because she was not tested for HIV when she arrived from Thailand in 1995……
Here’s a pic of the club he met her at, for reference.
Nick Rhoades, the man who used a condom, had an undetectable viral load and did not transmit HIV to his one-time sex partner is STILL considered a deadly criminal/sex offender by the state of Iowa.
Now, he and his attorneys are now considering an appeal to the state supreme court.
Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Overturning HIV Conviction
In 2011, A Minnesota jury initially convicted Daniel James Rick—a man who disclosed his HIV status to his partner before engaging in consensual sex— of attempted first-degree assault. He was convicted under a statute that makes it illegal to spread a disease by transferring blood, sperm, organs or tissue, unless it’s for medical procedures. The case has been since overturned the decision on the grounds of HIV criminalization.
Woman With HIV Not Guilty of Assault for Oral Sex in Canada
However, “JM” was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing her status before having unprotected vaginal sex. At the time, her viral load was undetectable.
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TV Stations Miss Real Story Behind HIV-Positive Inmate
WHAS, WLKY, and WDRB all reported essentially the same story which appears to be based on a single arrest report: an HIV-positive inmate at Louisville Metro Corrections allegedly threw a cup of his own urine onto a corrections officer.
The corrections department decided to destroy the officer’s clothing and send the officer to a local hospital for “treatment and decontamination” despite the fact that HIV cannot be transmitted through urine.
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272 Days in Prison
Here is the text of a public comment by Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth A. R. Pinkela of the United States Army before the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, asking for an end to HIV persecutions in the U.S. military. He spent nearly a year in prison facing charges solely on his HIV status and potentially exposing a man (who was not infected).
HIV-Positive NY Man Loses Civil Confinement Trial
Nushawn Williams has completed a 12-year sentence for transmitting HIV to at least 13 women, but the law allows the state to indefinitely keep in its custody people with a “mental abnormality” and who are likely to commit crimes.
For more information about the trial, click here.
For POZ’s striking 2000 interview with Chautaqua county’s so-called “AIDS Monster” click here.
Activists protest HIV criminalization to kick off LGBT Pride in New York City. To learn more, click here.
Good New From Congress (No kidding, I mean it!)
Sean Strub: On why the latest amendment to the Defense Bill concerning positive members of the military is a milestone in the effort in combating HIV criminalization.
"What was particularly interesting about the amendment’s passage last night was that it was bi-partisan and, ultimately, not controversial, passing on a voice vote in a block of other non-controversial amendments.”
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