The Iowa State Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of an Iowa man who pleaded guilty to the criminal transmission of HIV in 2009. Nick Rhoades was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison and convicted as a Class B Felon.
In a decision that was issued this morning, six of seven judges concluded that Rhoades did not intentionally expose another man to HIV.
Iowan Sean Strub has lead a distinguished career as a gay rights activist and advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. He founded POZ Magazine, designed to serve those living with the disease, a community he knows very well since he has been living with HIV since 1980.
The Iowa Department of Public Health estimates that 500 Iowans are infected with HIV, but don’t know it. On this River to River, hear about efforts to get every Iowan tested for HIV, what prevention measures are being used today, treatment, and what it means to have HIV and AIDS today. And we’ll hear about Iowa’s HIV transmission law and the case of a gay Iowan man living with HIV who was charged with criminal transmission of HIV.
President Ronald Reagan is one of the nation’s more influential presidents. He served as president during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Ben Kieffer talks with film maker and Iowa native Chip Duncan. He has a new public television documentary series on the Reagan presidency premiering in February. We discuss the successes, failures and influential decisions made by President Reagan during his eight years in office.