Inmate's Resource Guide
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Prison Project
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
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)
Free literature, including U.S. guidelines on HIV treatment from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
HIV in Prison Committee (HIP)
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
Legal and medical advocacy, peer education and support. Referrals. Accepts collect calls from inmates.
National Hepatitis C Prison Coalition
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
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
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
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
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)
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
Management of HIV/AIDS in the Correctional Setting: A Live Satellite Videoconference Series.
HIV Education Prison Project (HEPP)
Excellent monthly treatment newsletter, HEPP News, via fax or e-mail. CME credit available.
HIV Telephone Consulting Service
Answers questions from health care providers.
For Service Providers
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
HIV and Corrections program produces a newsletter, brochures and regularly updated resource list.
Medical Management of HIV
Corrections edition is no longer available in print, but the comprehensive chapter on correctional health care is available online at http://hopkins-aids.edu. 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
Free brochure. Information is good for men, as well.
Positively Aware and Positively Aware en Español
WORLD (for women)
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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