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Correctional Health Expert Criticizes New York State Health Dept.'s Oversight of Correctional HIV, Health Care

In early 2004, the NYS Assembly Standing Committees on Health and Corrections held public hearings to address the health care offered in NYS prisons. The following are excerpts from testimony by Lambert N. King, M.D., Ph.D.

In his testimony to this ...

By AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

The Exception to the Rule: HIV-Positive Women in Prison

I spent the years from 1985 through 1999 in prison, being shipped from one facility to another. During that time, the AIDS epidemic unleashed its fury on my friends and neighbors in those prisons, in the community of women I knew.

Like many AIDS act...

By Laura Whitehorn for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

The HIV Merry-Go-Round

My name is Ismael. I'm 44 years old and am incarcerated at the Marcy Correctional Facility in New York. When I was told that I was HIV-positive, at Rikers Island in 1990, I was in denial. It was like I was in a dream I couldn't wake up from. I kept i...

By Ismael Gonzalez for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

New York Times Examines Doctor's Experience Caring for HIV-Positive, Male Inmates at Alabama Prison

The New York Times on Monday examined the experience of a doctor hired to fix problems within the HIV unit at the Limestone Correctional Facility in Alabama. Prison Health Services, which began providing health care for the Limestone inmates as a res...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Letter From the Editors: Correctional HIV Health Care Back in the News

Dear Correctional Colleagues:

Correctional health care is back in the news this month. Last month, the California prison system went into receivership over concerns about HIV care. This month, the Limestone prison in Alabama was on the front page of...

By D. Thomas, M.D., J.D., and Anne S. De Groot, M.D. for Brown Medical School

New York: Denial of Prisoner's Hepatitis Treatment "Cruel and Unusual," Court Says

A recent ruling by a New York panel of judges said prison officials' denial of medical treatment for a Sing Sing inmate with hepatitis C amounted to "cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment." Four judges of the state Supreme...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

New York: Hepatitis C Treatment Rules for Inmates Continue to Draw Criticism

New York state's refusal to treat hepatitis C-infected inmates serving short sentences does not jeopardize their chances of ultimately beating the virus, the prison system's top doctor told skeptical state Assembly committee chairs Tuesday. "We just ...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

U.S., Virginia Inmate AIDS Cases Down

A Virginia Department of Corrections spokesperson said that as of April, 420 state inmates were known to be HIV-positive. In 2000, the state had 550 known HIV-positive inmates, or just under 2 percent of its 30,000 inmates. The national prison averag...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

Ask the Expert: Case Study -- Newly Admitted Patient With a Penile Lesion


A 27-year-old male presents to the prison infirmary with penile pain. He reports having had the pain for the past three days, ever since accidentally catching part of the skin of his penis in his pants zipper. The patient reports previous good ...

By Stephen Tabet, M.D., M.P.H. and Kinji Hawthorne, M.D. for Brown Medical School

Managing Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Jails

Introduction Epidemiology Difficulties Diagnosing and Treating STDs in Jails Diagnosis of STDs Treatment Conclusion References


Correctional environments are increasingly being recognized as settings in which society's inf...

By Karl Brown, M.D. for Brown Medical School