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Tim Hinkhouse

HIV on the Inside

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.

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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.

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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.

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Seeking Clemency From an HIV Criminalization Sentence: When Has Time Been Served?
September 15, 2016

How many of you know about a site called I recently received an email from a doctor suggesting I start a campaign on this site. Has there been anyone who has made an issue about the HIV criminalization on this site? Who would be willing to do so for me? There has been so much progress on this over these last twenty-plus years, thanks to science.

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The Challenges of Dealing With Health Issues Beyond HIV While in Prison
September 13, 2016

I know that it has been a while since you have heard from me. There have been things inside of prison that I have had to deal with, as well as health issues. In the last month, I have had infections in both my ears, but they have now cleared up. I have had blinding headaches and was given a muscle relaxer, which helps. There has been nausea, but I think that it had something to do with my inner ear? I have had practically no energy, which made me spend a lot of time lying down.

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Thanking the People Who Have Made Contributions to My Life
August 5, 2016

Hello there readers: I told you about one volunteer we have for our dialog group named Jude. I saw her this past weekend, and she had reminded me about a paper I wrote for her class with the topic, "The hands of people that have made contributions to your life." I thought this was great. The very first thing I did was to trace my hand on the page and then wrote:

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Why Aren't HIV Criminalization Changes Applied Retroactively?
August 1, 2016

Hello there readers: I am sorry for taking so long to write. My head hasn't been in the right place to do it lately. Here is what is on my mind. As I have mentioned previously, at the end of August 2015, I mailed a clemency application to Oregon Governor Kate Brown asking her for a second chance in society. I really want to have the hope that one day I will be free again.

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Thank You to All the Prison Volunteers
July 25, 2016

Hello there readers: While being in a weird headspace, I have still promoted my blog to people who want to see what I write. This wonderful dialog group that I am a part of has many volunteers who drive for hours to be here with us. Since the evolution of this group after its founder stepped down in 2014, we have had all kinds of people from all over the country sit in for a meeting or two.

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Life As a Captive Audience
July 19, 2016

Hello there readers: I have been thinking that I want to ask you for help in gaining more readers. When you read something that I've written, I'd like you to share it with everyone who will understand and be able to relate. It is my eventual goal to bring all of my prison experiences together in a book and share them with you. Can anyone reading this give me some ideas about how to make this become reality?

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Prison and the Language of Grief
July 14, 2016

Hello there readers: This past April 18, 2015, I was in a dialog group here at the prison led by a writing professor from Portland State College. She loves to challenge us, and I had fun writing and doing the projects that she put in front of us. I wrote down some notes from this particular day, which I was re-reading today. On this day we were to write about the topic: "What is the language of grief?" This is what I wrote:

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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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