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Sean Strub: HIV Is Not a Crime -- HIV Criminalization

By Robert Breining

February 8, 2012

Sean Strub

Sean Strub

On Sunday January 29th, Jeromy and I spoke with filmmaker and activist Sean Strub. Sean is a leading voice for the people with HIV self-empowerment movement and is the founder of POZ Magazine. Sean is the senior advisor to the Center for HIV Law & Policy's Positive Justice Project (combating HIV criminalization) and serves on the board of directors of the North American regional affiliate of the Global Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS.

People with HIV who have been subjected to criminal prosecutions have only rarely been heard from and are typically portrayed in the media as, at best, reckless and, at worst, monstrous. Most hold jobs, raise children, go to church and are otherwise unremarkably different from others in society, except that they have HIV and were caught up in a profound injustice that often ruins their lives. "HIV Is Not a Crime" will bring their stories to light, raise awareness of the public health threats and human rights abuses created by HIV criminalization and help mobilize the advocacy necessary for reform.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: river (jersey) Mon., Feb. 20, 2012 at 8:41 am EST
wow, never knew the extent of the injustices due to being pos. The inustice due to ignorance is frightful. Fueled by those that do use their status for malicious reasons. The bad apple that ruins the whole barrel. Makes me think we need prospective partners to sign a disclosure paper to cover our backs. How ridiculous but in these situations that where shown , it would of prevented these ridiculous charges. What a messed up society we live in . I've been pos for 20 years , with same pos man for 38 yrs , now have a new understanding for those that are struggling to find a relationship that they can truly trust..
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