HIV Criminalization 101By Sean StrubOver the last several years, as I’ve talked to a wider circle of advocates, people with HIV and policy leaders about HIV criminalization, it has become apparent to me that many people are not well-informed on the topic. 
Many people instinctively favor prosecuting people with HIV for not disclosing their HIV status prior to intimate contact — but these opinions tend to evolve quickly as a person learns more about the issue.
Nothing drives stigma more powerfully than when a government sanctions it through the enshrinement of discriminatory practices in the law or its application. That is what has happened with HIV, resulting in the creation of a viral underclass of persons with rights inferior to others, especially in regard to their sexual expression. (Read More)

HIV Criminalization 101
By Sean Strub

Over the last several years, as I’ve talked to a wider circle of advocates, people with HIV and policy leaders about HIV criminalization, it has become apparent to me that many people are not well-informed on the topic. 

Many people instinctively favor prosecuting people with HIV for not disclosing their HIV status prior to intimate contact — but these opinions tend to evolve quickly as a person learns more about the issue.

Nothing drives stigma more powerfully than when a government sanctions it through the enshrinement of discriminatory practices in the law or its application. That is what has happened with HIV, resulting in the creation of a viral underclass of persons with rights inferior to others, especially in regard to their sexual expression. (Read More)

Labtest Contest X: Win A Signed Copy of Sean Strub’s Body Counts!
Think of it as an AIDS-y version of Win Ben Stein’s Money…
Official Rules: 1. You have to post your guess (between 400 and 700 t-cells) on my Poz blog Comments section  2. Relatives are allowed to guess! Bribes accepted!  3. Closest guess wins- if it’s a tie, the closest guess that DID NOT go over the actual count wins. 4. One vote/guess per person. Must have a valid email address. 5. Deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014 12:01 am EST

Labtest Contest X: Win A Signed Copy of Sean Strub’s Body Counts!

Think of it as an AIDS-y version of Win Ben Stein’s Money…

Official Rules:
1. You have to post your guess (between 400 and 700 t-cells) on my Poz blog Comments section
2. Relatives are allowed to guess! Bribes accepted!
3. Closest guess wins- if it’s a tie, the closest guess that DID NOT go over the actual count wins.
4. One vote/guess per person. Must have a valid email address.
5. Deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014 12:01 am EST

Bill Clinton’s Real AIDS LegacyRead this excerpt from Sean Strub’s Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, which documents how poorly Bill Clinton’s administration responded to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Strub asks POZ readers: “Why is it that in 2014 the question of a President’s record on AIDS is immediately conflated with his record on LGBT issues?”

Bill Clinton’s Real AIDS Legacy

Read this excerpt from Sean Strub’s Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, which documents how poorly Bill Clinton’s administration responded to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Strub asks POZ readers: “Why is it that in 2014 the question of a President’s record on AIDS is immediately conflated with his record on LGBT issues?”

Sean Strub: HIV Panic Again Trumps Justice, EducationA local PA newspaper reports that a 25-year-old woman from the central part of the stae was charged with sexual assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person — because she allegedly did not disclose her HIV status to a sexual partner. The article doesn’t note whether her sex partner acquired HIV, but did violate her privacy by printing her name and the town she lives, thereby outing her HIV status to her community. This type of irresponsible reportage leads to a conviction in the court of public opinion before the woman even goes to trial.

Sean Strub: HIV Panic Again Trumps Justice, Education

A local PA newspaper reports that a 25-year-old woman from the central part of the stae was charged with sexual assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person — because she allegedly did not disclose her HIV status to a sexual partner. The article doesn’t note whether her sex partner acquired HIV, but did violate her privacy by printing her name and the town she lives, thereby outing her HIV status to her community. This type of irresponsible reportage leads to a conviction in the court of public opinion before the woman even goes to trial.

The US Military, LGBT & HIV: A Huge Victory
In his latest blog, POZ founder Sean Strub writes about the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act — Congress’ first direct action against HIV criminalization used in military courts. What’s more the legislation also acts to finally "repeal the offense of consensual sodomy" in the military, a huge win for LGBT troops as a whole.

The US Military, LGBT & HIV: A Huge Victory

In his latest blog, POZ founder Sean Strub writes about the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act — Congress’ first direct action against HIV criminalization used in military courts. What’s more the legislation also acts to finally "repeal the offense of consensual sodomy" in the military, a huge win for LGBT troops as a whole.