HIV in Prison: Resources

Fall 2005

ACT UP/NY (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Prison Committee
332 Bleecker St., Suite G5
New York, NY 10014

Advocacy on HIV/AIDS and HCV in New York State Prisons; contains page to report substandard health care or denial of care in NYS Prisons

AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) Care for the Incarcerated
P.O. Box 1514
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
Contact: Rob Mealey at

Works to increase access to health care for prisoners through strategy coordination, information sharing, training and advocacy.

American Civil Liberties Union Prisoner Rights-Medical Care and HIV/AIDS
125 Broad St., 18th floor
New York, NY 10004
(212) 344-3005

Information on legal cases and fact sheets on prisoners with HIV/AIDS and their medical rights

The Body: Prisoners and HIV/AIDS
Website offering info on various topics including: Personal Accounts, Women With HIV in Prison, Legal Issues for HIV-Positive Prisoners, HIV Treatment and Prisoners, and Prisoners and Hepatitis

Center for Community Alternatives
39 West 19th St., 10th floor
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-1911

HIV prevention education, HIV counseling, testing and supportive services, substance use programs

151 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 243-3434, (800) 673-7370

Assists individuals and families through difficult transitions -- from addiction to recovery, from incarceration to civilian life; from HIV-negative to HIV-positive, and from welfare to work. Two-month HIV/HCV training program available.

The Fortune Society
53 West 23rd Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 691-7554

Provides HIV/AIDS-specific services to prisoners and former prisoners, including outreach, HIV-specific case management, supportive counseling and treatment adherence.

HIV/Hepatitis C in Prison Committee
2940 16th Street, #B-5
San Francisco, CA 94103
(510) 665-1935

Advocates on behalf of prisoners in California for access to adequate medical care, ending segregation, access to harm reduction tools, compassionate care of seriously ill inmates, and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation.

HIV in Prisons, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
(202) 307-0765

Detailed statistics on HIV and AIDS in State and Federal prisons. Click on "Publications" and scroll down for yearly reports.

National Commission on Correctional Health Care
1145 W. Diversey Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 880-1460

Works to improve the quality of health care in prisons. Publishes Standards for Health Services, with recommendations for correctional health services.

National HCV Prison Coalition
PO Box 41803
Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 607-5725 Phyllis Beck
(541) 607-5725 Released Prisoner Hotline

Aims to help educate prisoners and advocate for better testing, treatment and prevention of hepatitis C.

National Minority AIDS Council -- Prison Initiative
(click on Programs & Services, then Treatment Education)
NMAC Treatment Division: (202) 483-6622.

Provides technical assistance and HIV education to service providers and the community; offers publications on HIV/HCV in prison, online or by mail.

New York State Prison HIV Hotline
(716) 854-5469
Collect calls accepted from NYS inmates
Mon-Fri, 12 noon - 8pm; Sat & Sun, 10am - 6pm

Basic information on HIV transmission, risk reduction, and treatment. Transitional planning help and referrals also available, and free HIV-related literature.

The Osborne Association -- AIDS in Prison Project
809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 842-0500

HIV education, counseling & testing, discharge planning offered on-site at Sing Sing, Fishkill, Downstate and Green Haven Correctional Facilities.

The Parolee Human Rights Project -- New York City AIDS Housing Network
(877) 615-2217
or Romeo Sánchez (718) 802-9540 x10

Members advocate for the rights of persons with HIV or HCV who are on parole and their affected communities. Bi-weekly meetings.

Positive Populations
(304) 262-2371

Online publication on health care issues in prisons with a focus on chronic infectious diseases, including issues on HIV and HCV care

Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network
489 College St, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5
(416) 920-9567

Canadian organization with excellent discharge planning resources -- much applicable in the U.S. PROS & CONS: A Guide to Creating Successful Community-Based HIV/AIDS Programs for Prisoners available online or free by mail.

Rikers Island Transitional Consortium (RITC)
16-06 Hazen St.
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
(718) 546-6655
George Strachan

Provides transitional discharge planning services to inmates with HIV being released from Rikers Island.

The Women's Prison Association
175 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 673-6800

110 Second Ave.
New York NY 10003
(212) 674-1163

Service and advocacy organization for women with criminal justice histories. Offers counseling, housing and employment assistance, mentoring, and HIV counseling & testing.

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