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).

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.’ “