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Tim Hinkhouse

HIV on the Inside


Mental Health and HIV in Prison
June 7, 2018

Recently, I was reading the title of my blog, which is "HIV on the Inside."

Originally, I meant HIV inside these prison walls. After giving it some thought, I want it to mean the HIV inside my body and how it affects me mentally, emotionally, and socially, as well as in whatever other aspects it could affect me today.

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Ignorance About HIV Is Not an Excuse to Be Disrespectful
May 29, 2018

I am thinking that this will be my year, and here is why. This is an election year for the Oregon governor, and I am optimistic about my chances of her granting me clemency and giving me a shot at freedom. I have the support of the Cascade AIDS Project, and their deputy director said that a letter would be drafted and sent on my behalf to the governor. This will hopefully demonstrate that HIV reform needs to happen, and she can make the change that starts with me. Hopefully I will hear shortly after this November election cycle?

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Through Blogging, HIV-Positive People Can Have a Platform to Be Heard and Understood
May 24, 2018

I know that it has been awhile since my last blog entry. Let me start by saying to those of you who are interested in linking my blog, I need you to contact editor@thebody.com and ask what you need to do. Several people have written asking to do this. Let me remind my readers that I am in prison, and I have no way to access the internet directly, so I can't answer your internet questions or link anything for you. I am sorry.

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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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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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