Man Contends Illinois Jail Denied Him HIV Drugs
June 24, 2011
This week, the state Department of Corrections began investigating allegations that a man was denied his prescribed HIV drugs while held in jail for a week in Bureau County.
A nurse's notes mention notifying the state's attorney of the cost of Buckles' medicines, more than $2,000 a month. After one week in jail, Buckles said a sheriff's deputy came to tell him he was being released because the county could not afford his treatment. Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson did not respond to repeated AP requests for comment.
Illinois requires that jails provide medical care, including prescription drugs. BCJ violated Buckles' right to medical treatment, says a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union. Poor HIV treatment is a common problem in jails, particularly because of the high cost, said ACLU attorney John Knight, who is awaiting BCJ's response and has not ruled out a lawsuit.
Buckles said he wants to ensure future inmates receive better care. "I'm interested in them correcting what they did wrong," Buckles said.
06.23.2011; Carla K. Johnson
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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