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Tim Hinkhouse

HIV on the Inside

Living in Their Paranoia
September 22, 2015

Hello there readers. I was thinking back when I first arrived in prison on May 1, 1994, at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). The transport van coming from the intake center pulls into the sally port in front of this very old prison built back in the 1800s. I looked through the cage of the van and said to myself, "So this is where I am going to die?" Upon entry into the receiving area, the large, heavy steel door with bars on it just like in the movies opened. The group I came in with, some had been there before. I followed their lead. Once I was in the building, the same door was closed with such a slam and ringing of the bars I knew that I was in prison. I had a mugshot taken and was assigned a state ID number to be used for most everything, which was printed on an ID card I had been given to carry with me.

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They'll Send You to Prison to Rot
September 21, 2015

Greetings to all the readers and welcome to my thoughts. I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this and reach out to those of you who could be where I am now. Let me ask you this: How many of you that are HIV positive had unprotected sex with someone and did not tell your partner? It doesn't matter what your intent is or if you infect them or not. You do know that there are prosecutors who won't hesitate to charge you with a crime, shame you mercilessly in the media to further their political career and have you sent to prison to rot.

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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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