Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Iowa Supreme Court Will Review Nick Rhoades' HIV Criminalization Case

January 24, 2014

Nick Rhoades, 39, an Iowa man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to "criminal transmission of HIV," will have his case heard before the Iowa Supreme Court, according to the Des Moines Register.

Although the man with whom Rhoades engaged in oral sex remains HIV negative, Rhoades had an undetectable viral load, and they used a condom during the sexual encounter, the man was able to sue Rhoades because he did not disclose his HIV-positive status. Rhoades' lawyer advised him to plead guilty, and after an initial sentence of 25 years in prison, Rhoades' sentence was reduced to the time he'd already served.

Rhoades' case has garnered national attention, including coverage in CNN, BuzzFeed, POZ I AM Radio and the documentary HIV Is Not a Crime by anti-criminalization advocate Sean Strub. It is the most high-profile of several criminalization cases that have received media attention in the U.S. in recent years, including Minnesota v. Rick and a burgeoning HIV criminalization scandal in Missouri.

Many in the HIV community feel criminalization relies on outdated science to institutionalize hate, as sound science now shows that the risk of transmission with the use of a condom and/or an undetectable viral load is usually negligible. Many also worry that criminalization may discourage HIV testing, as those who do not know their status cannot be held accountable for transmission.

To read more on Nick Rhoades' case, please visit the Des Moines Register. To learn more about HIV criminalization, please visit TheBody.com's HIV/AIDS Transmission Cases index.

Mathew Rodriguez is the editorial project manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Mathew on Twitter: @mathewrodriguez.


Copyright © 2014 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.


Related Stories

It's Time to End the Criminalization of HIV
Advocates Push for HIV Criminalization Reform in the Heartland
"Repeal HIV Discrimination Act" to Be Introduced in U.S. Senate Addresses HIV/AIDS Criminalization
More on HIV Transmission Cases
Advertisement:
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you


This article was provided by TheBody.com.
 

 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Advertisement