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Day 450: HIV Anti-Criminalization


A Video Blog

By Aaron Laxton

August 29, 2012

In this video I talk about my recent trip to Washington, D.C., as well as my current work toward HIV anti-criminalization efforts, not only in Missouri, but nationally. Also I am working on my workshop that will be presented at MIT on Oct. 20, 2012, for the LGBT Youth Empowerment Conference. If you will be in the Cambridge, Mass., area, please consider checking the conference out.


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Comment by: Zivanai (RSA) Thu., Sep. 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm EDT
I also agree that this law must be implimented, but the implimentetion is complex , beacause if during protected sex something goes wrong, the question of knowingly may be ruled out, so i am of an opinion that disclosure of HIV status be done in black and white before sexual intimacy so that it will be done at own peril, Maybe the innocent will be saved.
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Comment by: Anqueetas (Bangkok) Mon., Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm EDT
I understand your argument Arron but I wish there is a criminal law about intentionally spreading HIV in my country ( Thailand). I don't want anybody else have to experience something I have to go through, being lied to and get infected with HIV. A person who infected me is intentionally conceal that he is positive. We dated for around 7 months but when this came out we broke up. What I know is he continue to be promiscuous, already have AIDS. So I think people like him should be in jail. He is a danger to public health, intentionally destroy people lives.

So yes I think this law should be in place but need to be better implemented, to prevent people that really don't know they are being positive from getting jailed but those who do and still keep spreading the desease should be lock up forever. I'm only 23 now my life is much more complicated, ruin my future but i don't mind about that what done is done. NOBODY SHOULD GO THROUGH WHAT I HAVE BEEN GO THROUGH EVER, all the lies all the drama from this type of person is unbelievable.
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Aaron Laxton

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I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that split moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news.

I am not a doctor and I do not endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life. I am an activist and advocate and simply want to make the world a better place. I hold a degree in sociology and psychology. I am a product of the Missouri Foster System and this is one of my main passions, second only to the work I do with HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention.

I embrace a sex-positive model. People are going to have sex; it is a natural part of who we are. However we need to make sure that it is safe. I can be found on weekends throughout St. Louis, Missouri, passing out condoms and safe-sex kits.

Whether in St. Louis, DC or around the nation, I always jump at the chance to help change not only policies to better serve those that need help but to also change the landscape of the society that we live in.

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