Poz Man Saved from Prison for Alleged Non-Disclosure
“Despite avoiding prison time and a permanent criminal record, many HIV activists argue that Johnson’s sentence is highly unjust, especially since he’s undetectable. The scientifically proven consensus, known as U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable), was key in swaying the court to give Johnson the lighter sentence.
In fact, Johnson’s defense lawyer, Cheryl K. Maples, says she was finally able to get the message across to the prosecutor about U=U in the second hearing.
“He finally heard me,” Maples said of Grayson Hinojosa, deputy prosecutor with Pulaski County, Ark. “He finally got that Sanjay could not have exposed this young man to HIV because he was undetectable.””