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.
Thankfully there are organizations out there fighting for the HIV afflicted to stop the discrimination against us! Too bad they weren't out there when I was being charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and attempted assault in the first degree. I was out having unprotected sex with women and not disclosing my status. I took my case to trial and lost. The prosecutor did a good job scaring the jury into convicting me. Since my case was high profile I didn't get a fair trial. The prosecutor called me "The modern-day Jack the Ripper" in the media. My sentence totaled almost 70 years. They wanted to make sure to make an example of me. I have been through all of the appeals and lost. Unless something major changes and I can get pardoned by the governor or my family wins the lottery and buys an attorney, I'm stuck. See what bad decision-making gets you? I don't think that I should be in prison until my good-behavior release date of February 12, 2050. Do you?
For those of you wondering: No, I did not infect anyone that I was charged for not disclosing to. How do I know? During the six months I sat in county jail, the women had two HIV tests and both times tested negative. Nineteen years later I filed a habeas corpus that I lost due to being time barred. (Thanks President Bill Clinton for the A.E.D.P.A.) Before the Anti-Terrorism Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, I could have filed a habeas corpus and had my case heard in court however long it took to file it. But this Act limits prisoners to just one year, so even if you have been screwed by the state courts, if you exceed the year you are stuck. I was lucky that the attorney representing me had the sense to get affidavits from two of the three women saying that as of January 2012 they have not tested positive for HIV. They can't help me now unfortunately.
I want to encourage anyone reading this to be upfront and honest with every sexual partner you will have even if it means that you will be rejected by them. There will be someone out there who will be the one who accepts you unconditionally no matter what. Don't end up in jail or prison like me because you are afraid to put yourself out there to someone. I had a love in my life who I lost due to actions. She did the right thing by leaving me.
Stay healthy and stay safe.
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