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Inmate's Resource Guide

July/August 2001

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Prison Project

733 15th St., NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 1-202-393-4930

Referrals to city and state programs across the country. Resource center, including free copies of "Play It Safer," a booklet on STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), and HIV/AIDS magazines. Works with correctional support groups and peer education programs. Quarterly subscription rate to the NPP Journal is $2 for inmates.

The Fortune Society

53 W. 23rd St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 1-212-206-7070

Although not HIV-specific, the highly-readable newsletter Fortune News presents a wide range of articles of interest to inmates. Many articles written by current and former prisoners. Free for inmates.

HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS)

P.O. Box 6303
Rockville, MD 20849
Toll free: 1-800-448-0440

Free literature, including U.S. guidelines on HIV treatment from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

HIV in Prison Committee (HIP)

California Prison Focus
2940 16th Street, #307
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: 1-510-665-1935 (voicemail and fax)

Activist group organizing to make medications and harm reduction tools (such as condoms and syringes) available, end prison discrimination, advocate for compassionate release, and provide education for interested persons and organizations.

Latino Commission on AIDS, Alliance for Inmates with AIDS

80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1501
New York, NY 10455
Tel: 1-212-675-3288

Legal and medical advocacy, peer education and support. Referrals. Accepts collect calls from inmates.

National Hepatitis C Prison Coalition

P.O. Box 41803
Eugene, OR 97404
Tel: 1-541-607-5725
Fax: 1-541-607-5684

Brings together organizations and individuals to support and raise awareness among prisoners suffering from hepatitis and HIV/HCV co-infection. Offers seminars and support groups inside and outside of correctional facilities. Free newsletter and hepatitis C info packets for prisoners.

New York City Commission on Human Rights, HIV Prison Project

40 Rector St., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Tel: 1-212-306-7544

Advocates for the rights of city and state prisoners, parolees, ex-offenders, and their families. Responds to a wide range of medical complaints due to AIDS-related discrimination within the criminal justice system. Distributes free brochures related to AIDS discrimination in Spanish and English. Accepts collect calls from inmates Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm; call 1-212-233-5560.

Osborne Association, AIDS in Prison Project

809 Westchester Ave.
Bronx, NY 10455
Tel: 1-718-842-0500

Conducts research and makes policy recommendations regarding positive inmates and persons on parole. Operates HIV/AIDS clearinghouse, bilingual hotline and inmate support groups. Staff and peer counselors provide HIV prevention and treatment information and discharge planning. Inmate hotline accepts collect calls Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm-8 pm; call 1-718-378-7022.

Prison Book Program

c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: 617-423-3298

Sends donated legal, health, educational and political books free to prisoners nationwide. Spanish-language books available. Provides help in starting Books for Prisoners projects.

Project Inform's National HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline

Toll free: 1-866-HIV-INFO (448-4636)

Accepts collect calls from inmates: 1-415-558-9051. Can also mail out materials. Operates Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm and Saturday 11 am-4 pm, California time.

For Healthcare Providers

AIDS Training and Education Center (ATEC)

Tel: 1-301-443-6365

Coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Training for all healthcare providers, including correctional staff. Check for nearest training center.

Albany Medical Center

Tel: 1-518-262-4674

Management of HIV/AIDS in the Correctional Setting: A Live Satellite Videoconference Series.

HIV Education Prison Project (HEPP)

Brown University Medical School
Providence, RI 02906
Tel: 1-401-863-2181
Fax: 863-1243
Toll free: 1-800-748-4336

Excellent monthly treatment newsletter, HEPP News, via fax or e-mail. CME credit available.

HIV Telephone Consulting Service

Community Provider AIDS Training
Toll free: 1-800-933-3413

Answers questions from health care providers.

For Service Providers

National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)

1931 13th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 1-202-483-6622

HIV and Corrections program produces a newsletter, brochures and regularly updated resource list.

Medical Management of HIV

by Drs. John G. Bartlett and Joel E. Gallant
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Corrections edition is no longer available in print, but the comprehensive chapter on correctional health care is available online at It includes detailed suggestions for telementoring and telemedicine.

Publications for People Living with HIV/AIDS Provided Free to Positive Inmates

A Guide On the Inside: Women Talking To Women About HIV

HIV Health Library
131 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 01226
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts
Tel: 1-617-450-1432

Free brochure. Information is good for men, as well.

Positively Aware and Positively Aware en Español

1258 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657


500 5th Ave., Suite 320
New York, New York 10110

WORLD (for women)

P.O. Box 11535
Oakland, CA 94611

Excellent monthly newsletter with personal stories and easy-to-understand medical information. If you are not a woman living with HIV, please send a donation.

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