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Ignorance About HIV Is Not an Excuse to Be Disrespectful
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 29, 2018

I am thinking that this will be my year, and here is why. This is an election year for the Oregon governor, and I am optimistic about my chances of her granting me clemency and giving me a shot at freedom. I have the support of the Cascade AIDS Project, and their deputy director said that a letter would be drafted and sent on my behalf to the governor. This will hopefully demonstrate that HIV reform needs to happen, and she can make the change that starts with me. Hopefully I will hear shortly after this November election cycle?

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Through Blogging, HIV-Positive People Can Have a Platform to Be Heard and Understood
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 24, 2018

I know that it has been awhile since my last blog entry. Let me start by saying to those of you who are interested in linking my blog, I need you to contact editor@thebody.com and ask what you need to do. Several people have written asking to do this. Let me remind my readers that I am in prison, and I have no way to access the internet directly, so I can't answer your internet questions or link anything for you. I am sorry.

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Honoring My Older Gay Brother on 'LGBT Elders Day'
By Mark S. King
May 18, 2018

It's no surprise to me that the two causes I am most passionate about, HIV and addiction -- the two issues that drive my activism -- are both things that my older brother, Richard "Dick" King, cared about first. He showed me the way.

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Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption After Meth Addiction
By Mark S. King
May 8, 2018

The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled "Another AIDS Casualty" and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon "Gabriel" Torres was a heart-wrenching read.

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I Wrote 'The Truth About the 7,000.' Now What?
By Mark S. King
April 23, 2018

It began with a death and a lingering question. After a friend -- an advocate who knew what to do to stay alive -- died of an AIDS-related cause a few months ago, I was left wondering why. Together with other deaths in the news of people "unexpectedly" dying the same way, it felt like a tragic trend.

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Name HIV Activists Fiercer Than the Positive Women's Network. I'll Wait.
By Mark S. King
April 20, 2018

You may have heard me sing the praises of The Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN) before, but until now I haven't had the opportunity to show you, up close and personal, why I believe they are the mightiest force of HIV advocacy in the country today. Now you can get a look for yourself.

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And Then, I Was a Single HIV-Positive Mother
By Brooke Davidoff
February 7, 2018

"No, I don't love you; I don't even like you," I wanted to reply. How do you love someone who has been afraid to touch you for over seven years? Someone who had claimed to be OK with your diagnosis, someone who had claimed to have done his own research but would still not consider going on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) because "he didn't trust the government." Yet, my status came up in every argument about our lack of physical contact for the whole seven years we knew I was positive.

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amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here's Five Suggestions.
By Mark S. King
December 28, 2017

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has been rocked by a scandal this year that involves shoe fashion maven Kenneth Cole, who serves as amfAR Board Chair, and amfAR major donor Harvey Weinstein. (Yeah, that Harvey Weinstein. He's the gift that keeps on groping.)

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Making Private Testimony Public and the Impact on Social Media With HIV Activism
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
December 12, 2017

When Justin's HIV Journal was on display at the Brooklyn Museum there was a discussion panel afterward on activism. It allowed me to see activists from early in the HIV epidemic and present-day activists. The one commonality that we all had was the camera. We documented our lives and other people's lives who were affected or infected with HIV. It amazed me how far activism has come, but it also amazes me at what is coming next from the next generation. Sometimes, I wonder, will the generation after me understand what we've done to help in the fight against HIV? I know that the generation before me probably thought the same thing. Well, I say to them, I was there, I listened, and I'm here now continuing your work -- the work that laid the groundwork for others like me to be able to do what we do. I thank you all on this World AIDS Day.

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24 Years Ago, I Was Arrested for Having HIV and Unprotected Sex and Failing to Disclose
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 11, 2017

On Sept. 26, 2017, it was exactly 24 years to the day that I was arrested for having HIV and unprotected sex, and not disclosing my status. This is 288 months of my life. In some cases, that's more than someone who took a life on purpose. That is roughly 8,760 days of incarceration -- plus the extra days since 1993 that fell on a leap year. I have about 389 months left till Feb. 12, 2050, which is my release date.

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