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Viral Apartheid (Grand Rapids)

April 10, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


The HIV epidemic has been identified for more than 30 years, but the government and social response to the epidemic remains rooted in misinformation, fear and paranoia. The state is secretly collecting data on all those who test for HIV at federally funded clinics, without the permission of those being tested, and then, in some instances, using this information to institute civil actions against those living with HIV, or at risk for the virus. The talk will explore the laws, the theories behind them, and the science that shows the laws are the wrong approach to public health and may in fact be driving the epidemic further underground.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Todd Heywood

Journalist, The American Independent

Heywood has been reporting on Michigan issues for 20 years. From LGBT issues to the massive oil spill in Marshall Michigan, Heywood’s work has often been on the cutting edge of investigative journalism. In 2011, he was named one of the top 100 ideas and people changing the battle against HIV by POZ Magazine, and TheBody.com named him a person making a difference. He currently covers HIV policy for The American Independent, an independent nonprofit journalism group focused on impact journalism. His reporting on HIV has lead to the state health department ordering local health departments to stop using legally inaccurate documents for HIV-positive persons and the state health officials issuing guidance for non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis for people who were exposed to HIV through sexual or needle sharing behavior. His reporting also resulted in the Michigan Department of Corrections eliminating a policy which prohibited HIV-positive prisoners from working in food service.He lives in Lansing with this three dogs, Gypsy, Gobbo and Virgil. He is currently working on a book titled “VIral Apartheid: HIV Exceptionalism and the Erosion of Privacy in America.” The book will explore the social and historical constructs behind HIV related laws in the U.S.