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Nick Rhoades: HIV Criminalization

By Robert Breining

June 26, 2012

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Nick Rhoades had an undetectable viral load, used a condom, did not transmit HIV. He got 25 years in prison

On Sunday June 24th at 9pm, POZ I AM Radio spoke with Nick Rhoades. Nick Rhoades was convicted of "Criminal Transmission of HIV" in Iowa in 2008, even though his viral load was undetectable, he wore a condom and his accuser did not contract HIV. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration. After a year of total incarceration, the judge reconsidered Nick's sentence and released him on five years probation, as well as the sex offender registration requirement. His case for post-conviction relief is still ongoing.

Nick's story was recently featured in Sean Strub's upcoming documentary HIV Is Not a Crime.

Today he works as an outreach and event specialist with The Center for HIV Law and Policy's Positive Justice Project, which combats HIV criminalization. He spoke in Geneva, Switzerland, about HIV criminalization at the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board's meeting in December, 2011, and as part of a panel discussion organized by the UN Human Rights Council meeting in March, 2012. Rhoades has also volunteered with the Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network(CHAIN), Iowa Community Planning Group, Positive Iowans Taking Charge (PITCH) and as a board member with Community AIDS Assistance Project, in Waterloo, Iowa.

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