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An Open Letter to Michael Johnson

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cynguy

There is ABSOLUTELY no excuse for not telling your partner about your HIV status. Making it a race issue really IS beside the point. Death sentence or not, DISCLOSE DAMMIT!!!!! Black, white, brown green or purple DISCLOSE!!!!!!!!

October 11, 2017

Dr Reggie Dunbar II

More brothers and advocates for health disparities and legal issues should speak up and out for our community and the general communities at large. Old outdate laws are imprisoning too many people without human and decent merit. ACT NOW THEN SPEAK.

January 14, 2016 Atlanta GA

penny

I am a white HIV+ woman. My ex intentionally gave me the virus. He admitted it after the fact. Yes, I was angry. What I am angrier about is the 133 others that I know of that also were infected. Just because HE DECIDED NOT TO DISCLOSE others are dead or ill or still do not know. Is that fair? This is a life time ailment. My ex is now dead but the legacy he left will live on forever. Intentionally not disclosing is a crime. Try and put yourself in my place and the 133 others.

September 11, 2015

Ken Thomas

If you are not up front and honest, knowing you are HIV+ with your sex partners, then you guilty of ruining a person's life. It is not a death sentence, but it is not a jay walking ticket either. It now cost between 30k and 40K for medications alone, it also is not a racial issue. That's too easy of a cop out, I am gay, I had unprotected sex, and no, my partner did not tell me he was positive. It is my fault ultimately because I should of known better, I should of not just assumed he was neg

July 29, 2015 Yucca Valley

Veronica

I am proud of the solidarity that you men have shown this brother. I am proud to call you all my brothers. Peace & Blessings to you all !

July 25, 2015 California

NJBottom

If this gent did what he is accused of doing, then he should pay consequences (Whether those consequences are fair and reasonable or not is an altogether separate issue.) ... I am HIV+ and I would not consider having sex with anyone -- positive or negative -- without letting them know my own status so they can decide for themselves. I believe the same rules should apply to any infectious agent, whether it be the flu, hepatitis, or some other STD. We must be responsible for what we do. Period.

July 22, 2015

mike

Richie,i agree,with thousands of people on the net hooking up,whats next the health department then call the police,having sex with strangers has always been risky,we use to meet in bars,now its grinder,you are at risk for all s.t.d.s,if you don't protect yourself,we ran amuck back in the 70's,80's&90's,but filing charges on each other was unheard of,stds rates are climbing everywhere,i guess the court system will be busy,thats all the conservatives need here in the bible belt,heaven help us.

June 16, 2015 tulsa

Richie

To Rick James and Steven Shelby- You really need to get a grasp of the fact that it's not 1992 anymore, nor is it the movies Rent or Philadelphia. The person claiming to be Poz should know better, especially. This disease is treatable and no longer a death-menace if treated. Treating it like we once treated lepers (and worse) is going to prolong the suffering. What they are doing to him is a million times more cruel than anything he did. You can argue the morals & ethics, not decades in prison.

June 13, 2015 Missouri

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