Latest by Todd Heywood
The court has ordered a new trial for Michael Johnson, who is serving 30 years on HIV criminalization charges, because the state withheld phone recordings from the jail where he was housed.
Two men came to Todd Heywood's home for what they said was a date. Instead, they beat and robbed him in an intentional attack against a gay man with HIV. Months later, he faces the fallout from this stigma-fueled crime.
Even as he testified as the victim of a brutal anti-gay attack, Todd Heywood faced HIV ignorance and stigma. Now he speaks out against HIV disclosure and criminalization policies that he says can increase risk of violence.
HIV Law in 30-Year Michael Johnson Conviction Is Unconstitutional and 'Grossly Disproportionate,' Advocacy Groups Tell Court
HIV groups say the law used to sentence the 23-year-old Johnson to prison for 30 years is "at odds with everything we know about HIV today," showing "invidious discrimination against people living with HIV."
Advocates across the U.S. are mounting a robust movement to replace outdated and often scientifically unsound laws related to HIV that have led to the prosecution and imprisonment of people with HIV, Todd Heywood reports.
As a longtime reporter, Todd Heywood pulled over to investigate a traffic stop in his neighborhood, never anticipating it would become a story about HIV stigma and misinformation. Then a police offer pulled back from shaking his hand
Creating false categories to contain the virus in our body creates classes of haves and have nots in our community. Whether one has an AIDS diagnosis, an HIV stage 3 diagnosis or an HIV stage 1 diagnosis, we all have HIV disease. We are all on our ow...
The Indiana Department of Transportation put electronic signs on the highway about HIV testing. Who is responsible for this ill-advised construction sign warning of an HIV outbreak?
After the police issue a press release on an alleged female sex worker with HIV, a public health spokesperson fuels the flames with inaccurate language about HIV risk. Todd Heywood reports.
"For a large and sophisticated corporate entity like Chase to treat an employee with a serious disability so cavalierly is simply inexcusable in this day and age," said the president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)...