Nick Rhoades, 37, Waverly, Iowa: Rhoades is HIV positive. He had sex. He had an undetectable viral load. He used a condom. For this, he learned, he could be going to jail for a very long time. After the one-time partner pressed charges, Rhoades received the maximum sentence: 25 years in prison and lifetime sex offender status.
Sabrina Heard fights HIV with her personal experience. A recovered addict who’s been living with HIV for more than two decades, Heard emerged from years of denial and learned how to care for herself with the help of the Women’s Collective, a small social services agency for women with HIV in Washington, DC.
During the late 1980s, a group of New York mothers, fathers and friends—mobilized by the shock and grief of a loved one’s HIV infection and the inadequacy of existing treatment options—became AIDS advocates. They established Concerned Parents for AIDS Research, an all-volunteer group that continues to raise millions of dollars to advance HIV research today.
Monique Moree, 30, Summerville, South Carolina: A few months after testing positive, and after a brief hookup with a fellow officer, Monique Moree found herself facing an Army court on a charge of sexual assault. Following a humiliating trial, Moree was discharged from the U.S. Army. But she is on a new mission: letting the world know that HIV is not a crime.
Positive Women Prisoners Speak Out By Judy Greenspan, HIV in Prison CommitteeJuly/August 2001On October 11 & 12, 2000, women prisoners finally got the opportunity to tell state legislators about the abuse & neglect that they are suffering inside.
Keith was repeatedly raped by a gang member while housed in a dormitory with 150 other inmates at a federal prison in Michigan. Although he had told prison officials of his assailant’s threats, nothing was done to protect Mr. DeBlasio, who contracted #HIV as a result of the rapes.