Listen: Robert, HIV And CDC discussed on The Pulse
"Thousand seventeen the centers for disease control acknowledged that someone under treatment for HIV. Who is undetectable has effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus? Robert the guy who went to prison for nine years. Feels vindicated. Look, it's the simple undetectable equals untranslatable. Therefore, if a person knows their status takes their meds gets their checkups they are not a danger. But that growing awareness, even the validation from the CDC has been little help to Robert since he got out of prison. He served his sentence. But he can never quite get away from. How the state viewed his body he has struggled to find housing and work since he got out. I couldn't even get a pizza delivery job. I mean, it was bad when he applied for jobs. His criminal record revealed his HIV status to prospective employers, and it was many many many interviews of. Oh, wow. You're great. You have all this knowledge. And you're so well spoken to your so well dressed we can't wait to. And then I go back to cold face barely one to shake my hand. When I stick it right in front of them. And that time in prison did more than just hurt his job prospects. It changed. I used to be fairly gregarious. A didn't meet a stranger as the saying goes? And then this definitely flipped that because I stopped being able to trust that people would give me a fair shot. Robert says he's been hurt by people's reaction to his body hurt, by the way, the law sees HIV as a weapon to be wielded and not a disease to be treated. And he says he understood. Bands that fear. But that doesn't mean I consider myself a criminal or deliberately trying to harm anyone. And I don't think these laws helped in any way, what did taking nine years of my life. Do I did what I did. Because I believed I was harmless. That story was reported by sack dire.."