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Tim Hinkhouse

HIV on the Inside

Med Side Effects: Thinking About How HIV Affects Us Physically
April 20, 2017

Hello there readers: I don't know for sure what all the side effects are of my new once-a-day HIV pill Genvoya [elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide] are, but since I've been taking it I have been having all kinds of issues. On Feb. 15, I had an ultrasound on my abdomen because I've been experiencing symptoms of what I think are gallstones. I have been having pain in my lower right abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. I've been told that I'm pale in color when the pain is the most extreme. Fortunately, I am taken seriously by nursing staff compared with the other inmates that "cry wolf" to get attention.

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Prison Doctor Just Switched Me to Genvoya, and I Don't Know What to Expect
February 7, 2017

Hello there readers: I wanted to write and let you know that I finally got to see Dr. Dan Dewsnup yesterday. This is the infectious disease specialist for all 14,000-plus prisoners in the state of Oregon with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. He apparently was at this prison in October 2016 but was unable to see me due to scheduling or something. I have actually been a little concerned about how everything would turn out with my labs because of a cold I had recently. Lots of green tea and cough drops saved me!

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Please Sign My Petition for Clemency and Help End HIV Criminalization
February 2, 2017

Hello there readers: I wanted to reach out and ask for your help. My friend who manages my Gmail account has posted a petition online at asking that some much needed attention be brought to my clemency application. I am asking Oregon Governor Kate Brown to let me out of prison after more than two decades inside.

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The Double Stigma of Having HIV and Being Imprisoned
January 30, 2017

This past year, I decided to reach out on a dating website to try to meet someone special and build a relationship that I hoped would work out. Anyone reading this can understand what I want in life because you probably want it, too? I started talking with someone locally, and she seemed interested in me, and I pursued her.

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A New Year, With Ongoing Challenges of Social Death in Prison and New Cuts to HIV Care on the Outside
January 12, 2017

When anyone goes to jail or prison for an extended period, it seems that their lives stop moving forward. I wasn't privileged to be a part of social media before I was locked up because there was no Facebook, Twitter and other forms of communication like there is today. I think the last computer I used in society might have been an IBM 8088 desktop computer. Remember those big ol' things, those of you that aren't millennials?

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Giving Thanks and Sharing Thoughts About Life, Death, Justice and HIV
January 10, 2017

Here it is, another holiday season in prison and the New Year is upon us. Come on 2017! You have to be better than this year, I hope? 2016 wasn't horrible for me, personally. I have been monitoring the progress of the Center for HIV Law and Policy and the SERO Project in their fight to end HIV criminalization, which will affect me personally. Of course, that is only if new law gets applied retroactively.

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A Drawing for World AIDS Day 2016
November 23, 2016

Tim Hinkhouse sent this work of art to our offices for World AIDS Day. He created the concept for the image, which was then drawn by his friend AJ.

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Celebrate Your Lives, and Think of Me as I Fight for Mine
November 22, 2016

My editor JD at asked me to write a contribution for World AIDS Day reflecting on this past year or this upcoming 2017. As usual, I am hoping for a cure in 2017. Thanks to modern-day science, we have medicines that will suppress the HIV virus and allow a longer life for us.

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We All Need to Stand Up to Defend HIV Medical Care in the Trump Era
November 18, 2016

Here it is post-election, and when I heard that the new guy was elected into the White House and not Hillary Clinton, I felt as if a relative had died that I'll miss tremendously. Like a lot of the country today, I have been walking around in a haze of confusion, sadness and anger and am mourning the loss of my dignity.

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I Have Love in My Life, and for That I Am Grateful
October 26, 2016

Hello there readers: My theater group closed out the play Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman on Oct. 8. The public was invited to attend this performance and it was quite a turnout. If you want to read what Amanda Waldroupe, a reporter at Street Roots (a local Portland, Oregon, paper) wrote about it, go check it out.

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HIV on the Inside

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

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