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Day 2 of Michael Johnson Trial: Opening Statement and Initial Testimony -- A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton
Aaron Laxton recounts the first day of opening statements and testimony in the HIV criminalization trial of Michael Johnson, who faces felony charges in Missouri.
In the middle of turbulent times, when we are trying to prove that #blacklivesmatter, how can white gay allies add to the conversation? And what does this conversation mean for those in the fight against HIV?
"I do not take medications out of a sense of obligation to society. I do not take medications in order to reduce the transmission of the virus. I chose to take medications for myself."
I am an award-winning International HIV/AIDS activist. I am a social worker, a writer. What I want you to know, however, is that I am also a survivor of intimate partner violence (IPV).
"Today, I have access to life-saving medications thanks in no small part to the direct actions that ACT UP took. Today, most who are protesting in Ferguson, Missouri are doing so with the intent to bring about a future where police brutality is great...
I sit waiting at a coffee shop in the Central West End at the Washington University in St. Louis Medical School. This meeting, like most these days, are spent working on strategic planning for implementing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a one-pill-...
"Regardless of whether opponents want to admit it or not, 'bio-medical prevention' is the key to reducing new-HIV infections in the highest-risk groups where previous risk-reductions methods have failed."
"Publicly, we create campaigns and memes that tell us that 'HIV is not a death sentence,' yet 34 states have laws that say it is."
Let me take a second to debunk a commonly held myth: "Meth is not fun or pleasurable." That simply is not true, in the beginning. The fact is that there is something about the experience of using meth that seemed attractive to me. The truth is that t...