April 27, 2012

April 27, 2012
HIV Positive Man Sentenced to Jail

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you have had a safe and great week so far. It has been a long and stressful week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

My partner, Todd, has been in Imperial Point Hospital all week. Today the doctors are doing a colonoscopy and upper/lower GI series. I hope they finally find whatever is causing his health problems. I will let you know in a blog as soon as we have the results. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your emails, messages and calls for well wishes and prayers for Todd. We both greatly appreciate all the love and support.

Today, I would like to talk about another HIV positive person being sentenced to jail because the person did not disclose their HIV status. For most states in the US, it is a felony if you do not disclose your HIV status to sexual partners.

A Johnson County judge sentenced a Greenwood man to more than seven years in prison after he admitted Thursday he failed to warn five sex partners that he has HIV.

Tony Perkins pleaded guilty to five counts of failure to warn five women that he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS, according to a spokeswoman for Prosecutor Brad Cooper.

Superior Court Judge Cynthia Emkes accepted a plea agreement and sentenced Perkins to seven and a half years in prison.

In December, Judge Lance Hamner sentenced Perkins to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to failing to warn two other victims about his disease. He confessed to the crimes before he had a lawyer at his initial court hearing in February 2010.

My thoughts:

If you have not noticed, I am hitting hard on Disclosure in several of my blogs this year. Please do not become another name and picture like this for not disclosing your status to your sexual partners. They will find you out for this devious crime. If you feel you do not need to disclose, then think about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have obtained the HIV disease because their partner failed to disclose.

I will continue to bring you more names and more information on people who fail to disclose. I just hope you are not the one I will be calling out in the months ahead. It is time to get tough on this act. Non-disclosure for sex is a crime. Pass it On.

Hope you have a safe and great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab