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South Carolina to Stop Separating HIV-Positive Inmates

For 366 HIV-positive inmates in two South Carolina prisons, life has just becomes less "separate" and more "equal."

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Mississippi Department of Corrections' HIV/AIDS Program a National Model

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has cited the Mississippi Department of Corrections' re-entry program for inmates leaving state prison as one of the nation's best and a model for other corrections agencies. The Mississippi AIDS Educa...

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Female Trouble: Studies Look at the Factors That Lead Women to HIV and Incarceration

"Well, I'm 36 years old, I'm an African American woman in prison, I'm HIV-positive, and my favorite color is purple."

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Two Epidemics: Incarceration and HIV

How did HIV and our criminal justice system become so well acquainted? The answer involves Darwinian evolution, 1980s era AIDS activists, the science of viral transmission, and Richard Nixon -- a confluence of seemingly unrelated events, crossed with...

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Positive Progress: Improvements in HIV Testing, Treatment and Continuity of Care

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the smallest AIDS service organization in the country, most agree that the first step to stopping the HIV epidemic in its tracks is to get all adults tested and, if positive, into treatment...

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Disconnected: Incarceration Cuts You Off From Your Social Network -- and HIV Thrives on That

Most people are not surprised to learn that HIV infections cluster in jail and prison inmates. At any given time, there are over 2.2 million adults in U.S. jails and prisons, and one of every seven HIV-infected Americans are released from these facil...

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Examining Link Between "Power Structures," Disease Spread Through Study of Incarceration, HIV Treatment

In this Open Society Foundations (OSF) blog post, Daniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program at OSF, examines "the ways that power structures, rather than individuals, contribute to disease rebound and spread," cit...

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Incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Hazardously Drinking Women After Incarceration

"At the time of incarceration, women have a high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI)," wrote the authors, who noted that women remain at high risk for new infections in the months following community release. In the current report, th...

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HIV-Positive Prisoner Betsie Gallardo Passes Away

Last month, reported on Betsie Gallardo, an HIV-positive Florida inmate who was dying from stage IV gallbladder cancer and being denied food and liquids from prison officials. I'm saddened to report that Gallardo passed away Jan. 31 in he...

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Behind the Walls

Life in prison can be difficult enough as it is. But life in prison with HIV? "Being HIV positive in prison comes with its own challenges -- ones never faced by people with HIV outside prison or by prisoners who are HIV negative," David McLay and Ann...