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Meds withheld while incarcinated
Feb 4, 2009

I was recently incarcerated for two weeks. My attorney explained clearly my illness and had all my meds with us at the hearing, 14 or so medications. The judge was given my medications for me to have during my sentence. I was not allowed to have any of them. My doctor also offered no help in getting me my medications, and was actually reluctant. So now my health status has gone from having HIV to AIDS. What are your thoughts on this?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

What are my thoughts? Well, first off I would say you need a more competent and compassionate HIV physician specialist and lawyer. Situations like yours are far too common. Essential medications should never be withheld, even during incarceration. I believe it's illegal to do so in most locations. Get a new HIV specialist and discuss this further with him as well as with your local AIDS service organizations. You may not have much recourse, but you may be able to help prevent this from happening to others.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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