Once again, I had the opportunity to write another article for TheBody.com. I’m always happy to contribute my thoughts to different spaces. If you missed the last article I contributed, you can check it out here!
My latest addition gives an update on the happenings of Michael L. Johnson. Michael is a former Lindenwood University wrestler, who is currently serving 30 years in prison for four counts of HIV exposure and one count of HIV transmission. In 2015, his case quickly circulated around the Internet and became a cause for debate within the LGBTQ community. From what I gather, there’s a great divide on the topic of HIV disclosure and HIV criminalization.
I’ll admit that up until his year, I didn’t understand how harsh HIV criminalization was. There’s so much room for further increasing the stigma around HIV due to bias and misunderstanding. What’s scarier is that there are states that have statutes in place to easily convict persons living with HIV. Such is the case for the state of Missouri, where Michael Johnson was convicted.
Listen, there’s a lot to unpack, and I will do my best to discuss more about this issue. Michael’s case is important to talk about because it affects the treatment of Black gay men living with HIV, currently and in the future. Please read more about Michael and his case in the article below. It’s full of vital information, and hopefully, it’ll inspire you to check out your state’s laws on HIV criminalization.
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