HIV

Woman with HIV arrested, compared to a murderer in reporting

Earlier this week, a report from the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, reported a story in which a woman with HIV was arrested after a complaint from a former partner. Ohio is a state that criminalizes HIV, but the way in which the story was told added additional stigma to those who live with HIV.

WATCH: Once imprisoned for being HIV+, two men freed during #HIVisNotaCrime conference

At the first ever HIV is Not a Crime Conference, held this week at Grinnell College in Iowa, Bogardus and Rhoades were freed from their GPS monitoring devices with bolt cutters. It was an act of great symbolism, great triumph, and great new beginnings. But until the media, the full spectrum of the LGBT community, politicians, and allies take responsibility for combatting stigma and creating responsible policies, people who are HIV+ will remain chained

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