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Alabama: Ruling Soon on Isolation of Inmates With HIV

November 19, 2012

Federal judge Myron H. Thompson, of the Middle District of Alabama, plans to rule before Thanksgiving on the legality of isolating HIV-positive inmates from other prisoners. In September, the judge held a trial in a class action suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the Alabama Corrections Department on behalf of the HIV-positive inmates. The Alabama Corrections Department believes that separating HIV-positive inmates will prevent HIV transmission among inmates, and reduce medical costs. The department is concerned that the virus will spread through consensual sex, rape, or blood, such as when inmates give each other tattoos. Alabama and South Carolina are the only two states that still separate inmates with HIV.

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Comment by: Adam F (MS) Wed., Dec. 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm EST
I don't know if this is a good idea or not...prison is a very rough place...at one point or another, weather its eating, or showering, visitation, yard time, etc....they will eventually cross paths....an anti-gay inmate may start a fight, calling folks "faggots", etc...also, at the same time....if someone is recently infected, it can take time to show up so some HIV infected folks could still wind up in the Non-HIV section.....
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Comment by: Thom McCann (New York) Tue., Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm EST
Start an education program for gays so they do not cause actual deaths among themselves based on the NY Times article of May 7, 2012 ( “A Regime’s Tight Grip on AIDS” by Donald G. McNeil Jr.)

"In Cuba everyone who tested positive for H.I.V. was forced into quarantine. The population of Cuba is only slightly larger than that of New York City. In the three decades of the global AIDS epidemic, 78,763 New Yorkers have died of AIDS. Only 2,364 Cubans have."
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