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Victoria Law

Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. Her work focuses on the intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.

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Incarcerated People

Being in Prison May No Longer Be a Barrier to Receiving Treatment for Hepatitis C -- At Least If You're in Massachusetts

A federal judge has approved a settlement between Massachusetts state prisoners with hepatitis C and the Massachusetts Department of Correction that overhauls protocol for identifying, assessing, and treating people with hepatitis C.

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Incarcerated People

Will the Federal FIRST STEP Act Help People With HIV Convictions?

The FIRST STEP Act has been touted as a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that may allow hundreds of people in federal prisons an earlier release date, including those criminalized for HIV-related crimes at the federal level.

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Incarcerated People

Despite Advances on the Outside, Life for Women With HIV in Prison Remains Risky

The rates of HIV among incarcerated women are higher than those of their non-incarcerated counterparts. In many prisons, information about HIV is scarce and gaps in treatment are common.

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Sexual Abuse & Trauma

Even When Criminalization Isn't a Threat, Abusers Still Use HIV as a Tool of Control and Coercion

Women living with HIV are nearly twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence than women living without HIV. One reason? The continuing shame and stigma of being HIV positive.

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News

Despite Science, Police Still Add 'Biting' to Charges Against People With HIV

Lee Dewey was charged with biting an officer at a Slutwalk march, but Dewey was apparently the only one injured. Activists are fighting back.

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News

Michael Johnson, HIV Disclosure, and the Coercive Nature of Plea Bargains

Johnson's experience, complete with the threat of a century in prison, might seem shocking, but the reality is that plea bargains are extremely common.

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News

HIV Criminalization Update: Some U.S. Nondisclosure Laws Advance, While Others Recede

The past several weeks have brought good news from California and Idaho; bad news from Maryland and Massachusetts; and signs of hope from Ohio, as well as our national neighbors to the north.

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Personal Stories

Imprisoned HIV Activist Creates Beauty Behind Bars

There was a time when Brian Carmichael saw a piece of metal and thought, "Man, that would make a mean knife." Now, he spots discarded cardboard and thinks, "Man, I could make a really beautiful vase out of that."

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News

Focusing on 'Treatment as Prevention' for HIV Criminal Law Reform Fails Marginalized Populations

Focusing solely on medical advances continues to ignore the ways in which criminalization targets people who are most marginalized, specifically people of color who lack the resources to access continued treatment.

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Personal Stories

AIDS Activist Brian Carmichael Reflects on Prison Health Care Then and Now

Over his 30 years in and out of America's penal system, HIV-positive activist Brian Carmichael has seen some of the best and worst of what prison health care has to offer.