Living Positive in Iowa


Living Positive in Iowa – Around 2000 Iowans are HIV positive, and many feel an intense stigma living in a state where relative few people have the virus. Three HIV positive Iowans share their stories and their opinions about Iowa Code 709 — “Criminal Transmission of HIV.” Laura Friest is a mother of two sons and lives in Des Moines. She was diagnosed in August of 1998 in Omaha, Nebraska after contracting the virus from her fiance. She believes transmission should be prosecuted with criminal law, but she says Iowa’s law is “awfully harsh.” John Chamberlin lives in Des Moines and is the vice president of the HIV/AIDs advocacy group Positive Iowans Taking Charge (PITCH). He was diagnosed with HIV in 1996 in St. Louis, and he thinks he got it from drug use. Since learning of his positive status, Chamberlain has felt quality of life rapidly decline. He says the laws are archaic and deter people from getting tested. Tami Haught is a mother and has been made widow because of the virus. Her late husband transmitted the virus to her after he was infected by a blood transfusion in Texas. She’s the president of PITCH and feels that the laws stigmatize her and others who carry the virus.


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