HIV activist Mark King writes a pointed post today in his blog “My Fabulous Disease” titled “HIV Positive Criminals: Have Sex, Go to Jail.” Please check out his blog and watch the compelling videos included.
The subject matter is exactly what it says it is — it's about people who are prosecuted in the U.S. for allegedly not disclosing their HIV status to sexual partners. People with HIV can be prosecuted for “assault with a deadly weapon” or even under a state's bio-terrorism statutes, King notes in his piece.
This blog reminded me of a story I covered at the old Southern Voice in 2005 when a former Emory Medical student, Wayne Carriker, 27 at the time, was prosecuted in Atlanta and Fayette County after three men accused him of not disclosing his HIV status to them. You can read a summary of what happened in the Carriker case on this blog that includes the coverage from Southern Voice or here.