First Person: Why I Refuse To Get Tested For HIV

And this is why I, like many others, proactively refuse to get tested: Best case scenario, the test comes back negative. Worst case scenario, I go from being a human to a deadly weapon in a matter of seconds. In that case, thanks but I would rather risk your safety than to jeopardize my entire life and future. Until you give me a better choice, that is sadly the only option I can see, because I refuse to open myself up to that kind of liability for any and every opportunistic leech or mentally unsound person that learns of my status. No status = no problem. If you want my compliance with testing, quit using laws like this to criminalize homosexuality by proxy.”

Queerty reader Joseph, discussing HIV-transmission laws, in Lambda Legal Appeal Shines Spotlight On Iowa’s Draconian HIV-Transmission Law.