Monique Moree, 30, Summerville, South Carolina: A few months after testing positive, and after a brief hookup with a fellow officer, Monique Moree found herself facing an Army court on a charge of sexual assault. Following a humiliating trial, Moree was discharged from the U.S. Army. But she is on a new mission: letting the world know that HIV is not a crime.
TorontoDiana – who helped reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS when she was photographed shaking hands with a patient in 1987 – remained active in the fight against the disease. Here, she talks with AIDS patient Wayne Taylor at the Casey House AIDS hospice in 1991.
Keith was repeatedly raped by a gang member while housed in a dormitory with 150 other inmates at a federal prison in Michigan. Although he had told prison officials of his assailant’s threats, nothing was done to protect Mr. DeBlasio, who contracted #HIV as a result of the rapes.
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first public personalities to speak out for HIV/AIDS funding & causes. She did so at a time when few acknowledged the disease. In 1984 she organized & hosted the first AIDS fundraiser, to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. In 1985 she mourned the death of longtime friend & former co-star Rock Hudson. That year she cofounded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). In her lifetime she helped raise over a quarter billion dollars for the cause.
Robert Suttle, 33, Milford, Pennsylvania: After a brief and contentious relationship ended, Suttle’s former partner reported him to the police, causing Suttle to be charged under Louisiana’s “Intentional Exposure to AIDS Virus” criminal statute. Little was done to investigate the charges, and Suttle was never accused of transmitting HIV. After serving six months in prison, Suttle emerged with a newfound purpose and goal: to abolish HIV criminalization laws in the U.S. and around the globe.
Cassandra Steptoe is one woman who is finding her voice and telling her story. In 1987, when Steptoe was jailed for prostitution and illicit drug use, she took the local health department up on its offer of HIV testing to inmates. “I’m having unprotected sex, I’m sharing my needles—of course I got tested,” she recalls. Still, she was stunned to learn she was positive.