Thomas Guerra was sentenced to six months in jail for not telling a sex partner that he was HIV-positive. He pleaded no contest to violating a state health code. A San Diego man was sentenced Monday to six months in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of violating a California health code by failing to tell a sex partner that he was HIV positive. Jan Goldsmith, whose office brought the charge. Investigators found text messages and videos in which Guerra laughed about lying to sex partners.
It's a historic moment for HIV activism, and an opportunity to defeat stigma of those living with the virus once and for all. These men have been good to me. We waged war against a plague. Fauci, M. That, and people have been taught by right-wing scaremongering and the public politics of AIDS that HIV is something to fear and alleged breakthroughs should be distrusted. Other problems are at play that keep this information from being shouted from the rooftops. Sex education for youth is inadequate in the United States, and info specific to young queer people is nonexistent in most high schools.
Rightly so, as the city by the bay saw new infections fall 34 percent between and from to The county is now uniquely positioned to reach their goal of becoming the first in America to end the HIV epidemic in their jurisdiction, a goal dubbed "AIDS-free by " by local activists and policy makers alike. San Francisco has been at the heart of the AIDS epidemic since it exploded into public awareness 35 years ago. A relatively small city, San Francisco is built on a narrow peninsula, sandwiched between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, with houses built upon former wetlands that often climb up the sides of steep hills.
While reproductive health services have increasingly been available for HIV-positive women, men living with the virus have had far fewer services and support. As one man states in a video produced by the program, "I thought my sex life was over [and that I would] never have a chance of having a family, but that's not the case. While the program began as a prevention initiative, its scope has expanded to encompass the reproductive rights of those living with HIV.