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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).

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).

May 7
272 Days in Prison
U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Kenneth Pinkela asks for an end to HIV prosecutions in the military.
"Two things mattered: 1) I was accused, and 2) I have HIV. The prosecution’s case was focused almost solely on proving that I had HIV; the military court would not allow my counsel to introduce critical evidence, as well as physical and medical evidence.  The prosecutor said, and I am quoting directly here, ‘where there is smoke there is fire…you are HIV positive so it must have been you.’ “

272 Days in Prison

U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Kenneth Pinkela asks for an end to HIV prosecutions in the military.

"Two things mattered: 1) I was accused, and 2) I have HIV. The prosecution’s case was focused almost solely on proving that I had HIV; the military court would not allow my counsel to introduce critical evidence, as well as physical and medical evidence.

The prosecutor said, and I am quoting directly here, ‘where there is smoke there is fire…you are HIV positive so it must have been you.’ “

PACHA Calls for Repeal of HIV Criminalization Laws

POZ Newsfeed reports The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) is seeking an end to federal and state HIV criminal laws and prosecutions.
To read more, click here.

PACHA Calls for Repeal of HIV Criminalization Laws

POZ Newsfeed reports The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) is seeking an end to federal and state HIV criminal laws and prosecutions.

To read more, click here.