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HIV-Positive Iowa Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

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Donald Baxter

Nick Rhoades was freed, Friday afternoon--five year's probation. There's every reason to believe that letters in press in his favor have led to this judge reconsideration of his sentence. It's a somehwt happier day for us HIV+ people in Iowa that maybe we have one less judge who uses a law just because he can.

September 12, 2009 Iowa City, Iowa

Nick Rhoades

** CONTINUATION ** ... Also, my P/O will remain in contact with my psychiatrist and my I.D. physician to ensure I am compliant with my meds and appts. The lifetime parole was found to be unlawful and was vacated. I am confident that the numerous letters the judge received supporting me played a role in this ruling. THANK YOU ALL. I have read all comments and respect every point of view -- SINCERELY. Please know the media's coverage left out incidental yet curious details. Best to you all.

September 12, 2009 Iowa


First off, everyone is responsible for protecting themselves. That said - if you are HIV positive, you have a responsibility to disclose that information to your partner or potential partner UP FRONT. Not doing so robs the other person of their right to decide whether or not they want to be intimate with someone who is infected. Whether or not a condom is used is irrelevant because as we all know condoms break. 25 yrs may seem harsh but if he had been honest he wouldn't be behind bars.

July 3, 2009


I am so sad to see like that. I am infected and don't know that until I found out. I even forgave them and move on. Deal with the virus and learn how to live with it. The law people are really close-minded and likes to abuse the innocent people. There are too many innocent people who are just in the wrong place, and wrong time. I have no tolerance with the law who just like to control over us because of who we are, or what we have. Nasty stuff.

June 15, 2009 Albuquerque, NM


I am sorry for Rhoads but face it, he was srong for not disclosing his status. We have people here doing time for the same reason. There are some that do it just for revenge and have gotten by with it. The next perosn may be you, your son, daughter, brother, sister, mother or father. Think about it. Stop and think - protect your self!

June 9, 2009 Pine Bluff


Poor man he s just carrying a complicated disease and he is treated like a murder. When the other WHORE is not even positive. I wish there was a GOD outhere. One capable of judging Ppl like they judge eachother. and let stuff like this happen.

June 8, 2009 Austin


James Dean..Philly. Where can we find the information about a political action group. Would the GMHC in NY perhaps have some information? Or maybe an organization in IOWA? There has to be something done about this. I have seen cases in NY that were DWI and killed people with their cars that the court said well they didn't intend to kill anyone. This case is horrible and is probably more prevalent than we know. Any ideas on where we can start? I don't know this guy but I feel bad

June 3, 2009 LONG ISLAND

got burned

i think that at this point the law need to step in its too many innoscent people getting this virus because someone would not disclose i know we should all protect ourselves but give the other person the choice whether they want to take that risk or if you use the cop out of being scared to disclose well then JUST DONT HAVE SEX,just that simple yes i got caught up like that the guy knew he had it and i ask him over and over again and he lied people like that should be jailed.

June 3, 2009


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