Something's Fishy About Uncle Poodle's HIV Story

By: Daniel Villarreal

Earlier last week, Lee Thompson – aka "Uncle Poodle" of the reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – said that his ex-boyfriend is serving a five year prison sentence for infecting Thompson with HIV last May.

According to Thompson, his ex knew he was positive but didn't tell Thompson and refused to take medication.

But Todd Heywood of Viral Apartheid noted something odd aspects of Thompson's story:

"... entertainment blogs about the show and Thompson are mum on the identity of the ex-boyfriend, I spent the last week calling district attorneys and law enforcement in Georgia and Alabama trying to find out where this prosecution happened. Not a single district attorney or law enforcement official I spoke with could find a case to match the facts presented by Thompson, nor could they find a case in which Thompson was the named defendant."

Heywood says that doesn't mean that Thompson is lying, it just means that the interview left a lot of unanswered questions about when and where the case played out, especially since HIV convictions tend to take a longer time than Thompson's interview suggests.

The process of confirming of an HIV-positive result and then meeting with public health officials to proceed with criminal charges can take six to eight weeks. Then, it would also take some time to confirm that Thompson in fact contracted the disease from his then boyfriend and not from another source.

Heywood notes:

"Thompson indicates that by Jan. 10, 2013 (when the interview was published on Fenuxe) that his ex-partner had been investigated, charged, adjudicated and sentenced. Presuming for a moment that he tested positive on May 1, 2012, that means the entire criminal justice process was completed in 7 months. That just doesn't fit with the most recent statistics related to time from arrest to sentencing from the U.S. Department of Justice (from 2006): [which averages the time for such convictions around 265 days]"

Heywood adds that he has reached out to Thompson's interviewer and the show's producers for more clarification but has yet to receive much response.

All of this is of interest because it draws attention to the larger problems of criminalizing HIV and the need for the Repeal HIV Discrimination Act.

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