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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Tim Hinkhouse provides his thoughts on telling others you are living with HIV and writes about how he told his mother.
"Living around more than 100 men who aren't all particular with their hygiene habits, I am solely responsible to take care of myself the best way I can," Tim Hinkhouse writes.
"As we get closer to November, the reality is starting to get to me about the real possibility of being a free man once again after multiple decades of being in prison," Tim Hinkhouse writes.
"I now know that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has come along way because I saw a TV commercial for Truvada," Tim Hinkhouse writes. "That literally made me tear up."
In Oregon, CAP is working to limit the ability of prosecutors to use HIV status to enhance the severity of sentencing.
Tim Hinkhouse discusses his life with HIV in prison, and the need to constantly educate his fellow prisoners and prison staff about the realities of his status.
"We still need people who have the passion to create avenues so our HIV-affected friends and families can hear our voices on a large scale," Tim Hinkhouse writes.
"This is 288 months of my life," Tim Hinkhouse writes. "In some cases, that's more than someone who took a life on purpose."
"Who in the free world is looking out for those of us already incarcerated for decades, making sure that we get access to equal justice and fair punishment when new bills are signed into law?"