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They Shoot Barebackers, Don't They?

A Ride on the Wild Side

Secrets & Lies

Brain Drain

All in the Family

Is Stoning Next?

Tee'd Off

Say What

Heart to HAART


To the Editor

POZarazzi: Stardust Memories

Tee'd Off

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Ad of the Month: Oh, Good Lords!

Cry Cannabis

An Affair to Remember

Techno Truth

POZ Planet: Vital Stats

Behind the Eight Ball

Voter Fraud

Show & Tell

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Northern Disclosure

The Wizard of Roz


Heart to HAART

Ever Laughter

A River Ran Through Him

One Toke Over the Line

Talk Therapy

New Drug Watch

The Party’s Still On

The “No Nukes” Movement

Vits Help the Rits Go Down

Female Trouble

Not My Type

Where to Find It

Big Daddy

Aunt Evelyn's Letters

Verse: Eulogy for Brad

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February 1999

Is Stoning Next?

by Scott Hess

Judge orders hustler to air HIV on TV

As part of a court-ordered plea bargain, an HIV positive cross-dressing prostitute tattled on TV and urged his ex-johns to get tested. For agreeing to face the cameras last November, Cleveland sex worker Tony Brown, 37, copped 18 months behind bars with possible probation -- as opposed to five years -- for attempted soliciting with the knowledge that he has HIV.

Tony Brown's Confession

"I learned in April [1998] that I was HIV positive. I would like to let all individuals with whom I had contact know that I am HIV positive. I urge all individuals who recognize me or who have frequented the area of Detroit and Lake [streets] and may have come in contact with me to see a doctor or contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Health immediately."

After Brown told Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold he kept hustling for six months after finding out his HIV status and disclosed to only some of his tricks, she bumped his original misdemeanor charge to a felony, and ordered the boob-tube bargain to "protect the public's safety." ACLU staff attorney Jennifer Middleton said, "The judge is sending the wrong public health message. She put the onus on Brown to inform his partners, taking any burden off people who solicit prostitutes. It could be dangerous." She added, "It won't set legal precedents, but it could be an example to other judges."

A spokesperson for the Cleveland health department said the office did not receive any calls immediately following Brown's forced public humiliation on the NBC-affiliate WKYC-TV 3's nightly newscast. After Brown -- dressed in prison garb -- read his courtroom statement, reporter Phil Hayes took to the street corner where Brown had worked. An exchange between Hayes and anchor Ramona Robinson follows:

Robinson: "Are police seeing much of this type of thing?"

Hayes: "Actually, Ramona, unfortunately they are. The street-crimes people say that out here they've seen in the last six months about 10 different people they've had to charge with the same sort of crime, people that knew, uh, that they had, uh, the HIV positive virus."

Robinson: "That's disturbing. Thank you, Phil."

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