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Russia: AIDS Treatment Hard to Get Behind Bars

With a shortage of physicians, poor patient education, and institutional barriers to medical releases, few incarcerated people with HIV/AIDS in Russia receive treatment, experts say.

Russia has about 42,000 inmates with HIV/AIDS in prisons and jails...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

HIV/AIDS Cases Among State and Federal Prison Inmates Fell for the Sixth Straight Year During 2005

Washington -- There were 22,480 state and federal inmates who were HIV infected or had confirmed AIDS on Dec. 31, 2005, which was a decrease from 22,936 at the end of 2004, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported today. T...

By U.S. Department of Justice

High Number of HIV Cases Found Among Female Inmates in Washington, D.C.

A high number of HIV cases has been detected among female inmates in the Washington, D.C., jail, according to data released recently by the district Department of Health as part of a summary of its six-month campaign encouraging district residents to...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Spotlight: Interventions to Reduce HIV and STD Transmission Risk Behaviors Following Prison Release -- A Conversation With Dr. Richard Wolitski

The results of the START Study, a randomized controlled trial of interventions to reduce HIV/STD risk behaviors among 522 young men being released from prison in four states (California, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Wisconsin), were recently publish...

By David Alain Wohl, M.D. for Infectious Diseases in Corrections Report

Alabama: Limestone Prison AIDS Inmates Cite Improvements Since Suit

Inmates in the Limestone Prison AIDS unit report conditions there have improved since 2002, when the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) sued the Alabama prison system and prison health care provider NaphCare alleging poor medical care. Under the...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

HIV Transmission Among Male Inmates in a State Prison System -- Georgia, 1992-2005

The estimated prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is nearly five times higher for incarcerated populations (2.0%)1 than for the general U.S. population (0.43%).2 In 1988, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) initiated ma...

By J. Taussig, M.P.H. for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most HIV-Positive Male Inmates Don't Get Infected in Prison, Report Finds

About 91% of HIV-positive men incarcerated in Georgia's prisons last fall were living with the virus before they were imprisoned, according to the April 21 issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Washington Post reports (Brown, Wash...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New York City Takes Steps to Improve Care for HIV-Positive Inmates

On Thursday, city health officials introduced a new computerized medical screening process for inmates arriving at New York City jails. With the move to digitized intake forms, inmates are assigned an identification number that remains the same from ...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

If At First You Don't Succeed

I was first told about my HIV status in 1985, when I was 30 years old. A few years later I was told that I'd gotten HCV in the same way: IV drug use. In January of 2003, I was arrested and sent to Rikers Island. I was taking methadone, but doing a lo...

By Michael Brown for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

Health Care for All?

I found out I had HIV in 1999, the same year I was arrested and sent to Rikers Island. I was already on meds when I went in, but when I was arrested I missed a bunch of doses because you have to go through a process first -- medical screening and all...

By Name withheld for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America