December 27, 2009

December 27, 2009
Not Disclosing Status

Thanks for stopping by for another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend. I know many of my friends are traveling back home from their trips over the Christmas holiday.

My next trip is not coming up until the first weekend in January when I have to go back to Jacksonville for a few days. I have to see my doctors and have several other things to get done while I am there. Unfortunately, I will not have time to see everyone I would like to while I am there.

Today I would like to talk about disclosure again. Now I know I have talked about disclosing HIV status several times before but another person with HIV in Iowa has just been arrested.

A Waterloo, Iowa, man named Donald Eugene Bogardus was arrested for allegedly having unprotected sex without disclosing his HIV positive status to his partner, reports the WCF Courier.

Court records do not say whether his partner contracted HIV, but in Iowa a person can be charged for criminal HIV transmission which is a Class B whether or not transmission actually takes place.

According to the article, Bogardus had unprotected sex with his partner three times and never disclosed his status. His partner, who remains unidentified, filed a report, and Bogardus was arrested after a police investigation.

Bogardus is being held on a cash only $50,000 bond and he faces up to 25 years in prison.

Now I know I preach about disclosing HIV status and have even encouraged all of you to have someone sign a form stating you have disclosed your HIV status to them to help protect yourself.

But it worries me that we have this current trend to prosecute people with HIV before even establishing all the facts. What are your thoughts? Drop me a line and let me know.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab