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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Latest by Tim Hinkhouse

Worried About Disclosing Your HIV Status During the Holidays? Here's My Advice

Tim Hinkhouse provides his thoughts on telling others you are living with HIV and writes about how he told his mother.

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Living With HIV and Taking Care of Your Health in Prison

"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.

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Reflecting on Life and HIV Outside Prison Pending My Hoped-for Release

"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.

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Amazed by How Far Science Has Advanced in the Treatment and Prevention of HIV: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"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."

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Support for My Clemency Application, Update of Oregon HIV Criminalization Laws: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

In Oregon, CAP is working to limit the ability of prosecutors to use HIV status to enhance the severity of sentencing.

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Mental Health and HIV in Prison

"Emotional scars can never heal, and the damage they cause can be irreparable," Tim Hinkhouse writes.

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Ignorance About HIV Is Not an Excuse to Be Disrespectful

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.

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

"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.

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24 Years Ago, I Was Arrested for Having HIV and Unprotected Sex and Failing to Disclose: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"This is 288 months of my life," Tim Hinkhouse writes. "In some cases, that's more than someone who took a life on purpose."

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Questions About HIV Criminalization Law Updates, Retroactivity, and Recidivism: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"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?"

By Tim Hinkhouse