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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...