HIV on the Inside
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.
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?
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.
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.
Celebrate Your Lives, and Think of Me as I Fight for Mine
November 22, 2016
My editor JD at TheBody.com 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.
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.
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.
Activism Includes Having Compassion for People With Disabilities Such as HIV
October 20, 2016
Hello there readers: I wanted to share with you that Saturday, September 24, was opening night of the play that I am in called Metamorphoses. This is a detour from past practice with the original director, who lives and breathes William Shakespeare. Our modern directors made this choice available, and we are doing this play.
My History of HIV Meds, Side Effects and Maintaining Adherence in Prison
September 28, 2016
I have been going back in time with my thoughts to when I was newly diagnosed with HIV in 1990. Some serious thought has been put into how I've managed to live this long -- so many years beyond the original expiration date given by the doctor who broke the news to me.
No Thanks Trump, My Prison Already Has Walls: Let's Defend the Voiceless and Fund an HIV Cure
September 22, 2016
I've been thinking about the upcoming election and the future impact it will have on the treatment and funding for people with HIV. Will federal funding be taken away and diverted into the pockets of big pharma if Trump gets elected? Would the economy collapse leaving people with HIV to die in phenomenal numbers like in the '80s? Making executive decisions to divide America and segregate the poor from the rich will only hurt America. In my opinion, if Donald Trump wants to "Make America Great Again," he should drop out of the race.
HIV on the Inside
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
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