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Tim Hinkhouse

HIV on the Inside


24 Years Ago, I Was Arrested for Having HIV and Unprotected Sex and Failing to Disclose
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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Questions About HIV Criminalization Law Updates, Retroactivity, and Recidivism
December 4, 2017

Recently, my friend in Pennsylvania, who is also a reader of my blog, sent me a printout from TheBody.com titled "HIV Criminalization Update: Some U.S. Nondisclosure Laws Advance, While Others Recede." The subhead that caught me was "California Law Modernizing HIV Criminalization Awaits Governor's Signature" and the line that said: "[T]he bill reduces HIV transmission from a felony to a misdemeanor. This means that people who are convicted will face no more than six months in jail rather than years in prison."

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World AIDS Day Could Mean More Than Telling Prisoners to Get an HIV Test
November 27, 2017

As many of you have read before, this is my 27th year living with HIV, and there are no signs of me slowing down soon. Here at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI), the medical department has HIV testing. When I was at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP), working for the HIV/AIDS Awareness Program (HAAP) years ago, there were educational classes, an HIV support group, and a World AIDS Day celebration. People from the outside would come in and speak to the inmate population in attendance. We had full-time inmate staff that took care of in-house business: newsletters, office duties, research, and phone calls to the outside. This used to be a really important part of getting HIV education to the general prison population.

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I Could Do So Many Things With My Life Outside These Prison Walls
November 17, 2017

Greetings from the Two Rivers Correctional Institution here in Umatilla, Oregon. I have recently been in contact with the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, Oregon, asking them to support my clemency application by sending a letter on my behalf to the Oregon governor, Kate Brown.

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After Finding My Blog, the Son I Abandoned at Birth Gets in Touch
November 13, 2017

I want to share with you something amazing in my life right now, which I can absolutely attribute to my blog. Before I became HIV positive in 1989, I had a girlfriend who had a baby boy born in August of that year. I was there in the delivery room to see him born, and I signed his birth certificate. This was the same year I went to California to party and engage in reckless behaviors instead of staying and doing the responsible thing: raising the child I helped bring into this world.

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Learning to Live With HIV and Be OK
November 8, 2017

As you can see, I am still in prison. Two years ago on Aug. 31, I sent my clemency application to Oregon Governor Kate Brown, asking her for mercy. I had my friend put a petition on change.org asking people to sign it if they agreed that I had spent enough time in prison and urging the governor to let me out. I want to thank those of you who signed the petition and left your comments saying why you signed it. Hopefully this will make a difference?

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A Good Summer: Still Undetectable, and My Biological Family Wants to Be a Part of My Life
August 21, 2017

Hello there readers: I wanted to update you on my life from behind these prison walls. Recently, I had some blood work done, and I found out my CD4 count is over 700 and my viral load is still undetectable. This brings peace to my soul. My liver, however, is another story. I have cirrhosis with about 20% of it scarred over. My diet has been changing to become the best it can be in prison.

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From Reckless to Living Life With Purpose
May 10, 2017

Nineteen years ago, I voluntarily gave up drugs and alcohol, which has been a rough ride mentally and emotionally. I think back to the year 1989 when I was sharing needles and doing meth. If I hadn't gone to California, would I have gotten high using white dope, done all the stupid things I have done and eventually tested positive for HIV? Probably not.

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Facing Liver Problems
May 6, 2017

I believe that I have mentioned that, back in February, I had an ultrasound to find out whether I had gallstones? Turns out they are living inside me. It was also discovered that I have an enlarged and sometimes painful liver. According to the report by the ultrasound tech, I have the symptoms of someone with cirrhosis of the liver. How can this be? I haven't drunk alcohol in over twenty years, and I don't have hepatitis C.

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Character Lessons I Learned While Imprisoned for HIV Criminalization
May 1, 2017

I want to share with you that I have officially been HIV positive for 27 years. I am pretty proud of that. On March 7, it was 23 years since I went to trial to fight my HIV criminalization charges in court. I'll never forget that day and the humiliation that I felt after being crucified in the media because I was an HIV-positive man having unprotected sexual intercourse with consenting adult women.

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Tim Hinkhouse

Tim Hinkhouse

I have been HIV-positive for over 25 years and have been in prison in Oregon for almost as long because of my health status and non-disclosure. I'll talk to you about the issues faced by a person in my position along with the discrimination and stigmas attached to it behind these prison walls. I'll tell you about the strength and courage I found inside myself to NOT hang up and let this illness or my circumstances finish me off.

Tim Hinkhouse #7632447
Two Rivers Correctional Inst.
82911 Beach Access Rd.
Umatilla, OR 97882

You can also email me at hi.timothy7019
@gmail.com
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