21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)


Gay Serviceman Erased From U.S. Military; Sex Workers Talk Shop; and Gay Activists Are Cruising

July 20, 2016

Kenneth Pinkela

Former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela at AIDS 2016. Pinkela was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months in military confinement for allegedly failing to disclose his HIV status to a fellow officer who was a sex partner. (Credit: Mark S. King)

Somewhere Elizabeth Taylor is grinning from ear to ear. Her grandchildren have not only become HIV activists in their own right; they dove right into an HIV criminalization demonstration that took over the main stage at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa.

In my latest video from the global event, I chat with these famous yet newly minted activists about their belief that laws criminalizing people with HIV are wrong. You will also meet a gay lieutenant colonel from the U.S. who had his military service to our country effectively erased after he was wrongly accused of not disclosing his status to a sex partner. Although there was no evidence and the only witness has since recanted his story, the serviceman recently lost his final appeal and has been discharged.

Meanwhile, the AIDS 2016 Global Village has opened, and you know how much I adore it. Among the tribal dancers and cultural displays, I have an explicit talk with a sex worker, meet a London pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) activist, and get the dirt from a New Zealand gay man about how cruisy the conference really is. Hint: there are always a ton of committed advocates in the mood -- and phone apps reveal when they are less than 20 feet away.

Coming soon: Elton John, grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren, and an interview with my Aussie cameraman Theo.

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