World AIDS Day 2002: Correctional Update
World AIDS Day was commemorated around the globe on December 1st to celebrate progress made in the battle against the epidemic, and focus attention on remaining challenges. The problem of HIV/AIDS in prisons and jails is still overlooked by World AIDS Day community efforts, and we feel it is important to both celebrate the strides made in HIV/AIDS care in correctional settings, and recognize our ongoing challenges. The first table below gives us heartening news: the marked decline in the percentage of AIDS deaths in U.S. correctional facilities by state. The second table shows us the progress still to be made: the prevalence data in the 25 correctional facilities in the U.S. holding the largest number of inmates with confirmed AIDS. The following tables were created with data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin "HIV in Prisons, 2000" (October 2002).
Source: Data are from the 2000 Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities. A total of 1,504 facilities reported data on confirmed AIDS.
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This article was provided by Brown Medical School. It is a part of the publication HEPP Report.