Is having HIV a crime?
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There is a man in prison right now, who has been there over 20 years, who received a life sentence for failing to disclose his HIV status to a woman with whom he had sexual relations. It was the unfortunate effects of alcohol that caused both of them to "jump in the sack" and not tell her the truth. Charges were pressed, and he was convicted and given a life sentence. Although the woman never became positive for HIV, he was treated the same as a murderer. This was in the early 1990's when it was believed that having HIV was an automatic death sentence. Nowadays we all know that is not true and, in fact, most people with HIV can live a normal, healthy life with the proper medications.
His name is Timothy Hinkhouse and he is in Two Rivers Correctional Institution. I am starting a petition to ask others to support him and help him become a free man. He is not in any way a menace to society and in fact is using his time to educate other inmates about HIV and other STD's. Please sign this petition so that we can get the message to Gov. Kate Brown, or write to her at the following address:
Office of the Governor
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, OR 97301-4047
To get more details directly from Tim Hinkhouse you can write to him at: Timothy Hinkhouse #7632447, T.R.C.I., 82911 Beach Access Rd., Umatilla, OR 97882 or follow his blog on thebody.com.
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