Tag Archives: Advocacy

Should Not Telling Be a Felony?

Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure

 

If you have HIV, should it be a crime to have sex with someone and not disclose your status? What if you have HIV, but wear a condom and take medication so your viral load is undetectable?

On February 28th, law professors from Harvard and Northeastern met at the Harvard School of Public Health to debate the legal, moral and practical perspectives of HIV non-disclosure. Dr. Iain MacLeod, a post-doc at HAI, moderated the panel.

Q&A with Peter Staley

Peter Staley at HSPH during his talk on AIDS, ACT UP, and Birth of Patient Advocacy
Peter Staley at HSPH during his talk on AIDS, ACT UP, and Birth of Patient Advocacy

“I’ve always admitted my activism was a very selfish form of activism.
I wanted to live.” – Peter Staley

When he tested positive for HIV in 1985, Peter Staley was a 24-year-old closeted gay bond trader. He joined ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) shortly after its founding in 1987. A year later, he left his job on Wall Street to become a full-time AIDS activist and a member of ACT UP’s Treatment & Data Committee. Continue reading