HIV in Prison: Resources
ACT UP/NY (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Prison Committee
332 Bleecker St., Suite G5
New York, NY 10014
Advocacy on HIV/AIDS and HCV in New York State Prisons; contains page to report substandard health care or denial of care in NYS Prisons
AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) Care for the Incarcerated
Works to increase access to health care for prisoners through strategy coordination, information sharing, training and advocacy.
American Civil Liberties Union Prisoner Rights-Medical Care and HIV/AIDS
125 Broad St., 18th floor
New York, NY 10004
Information on legal cases and fact sheets on prisoners with HIV/AIDS and their medical rights
The Body: Prisoners and HIV/AIDS
Center for Community Alternatives
HIV prevention education, HIV counseling, testing and supportive services, substance use programs
Assists individuals and families through difficult transitions -- from addiction to recovery, from incarceration to civilian life; from HIV-negative to HIV-positive, and from welfare to work. Two-month HIV/HCV training program available.
The Fortune Society
Provides HIV/AIDS-specific services to prisoners and former prisoners, including outreach, HIV-specific case management, supportive counseling and treatment adherence.
Advocates on behalf of prisoners in California for access to adequate medical care, ending segregation, access to harm reduction tools, compassionate care of seriously ill inmates, and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Detailed statistics on HIV and AIDS in State and Federal prisons. Click on "Publications" and scroll down for yearly reports.
Works to improve the quality of health care in prisons. Publishes Standards for Health Services, with recommendations for correctional health services.
National HCV Prison Coalition
Aims to help educate prisoners and advocate for better testing, treatment and prevention of hepatitis C.
National Minority AIDS Council -- Prison Initiative
Provides technical assistance and HIV education to service providers and the community; offers publications on HIV/HCV in prison, online or by mail.
New York State Prison HIV Hotline
Basic information on HIV transmission, risk reduction, and treatment. Transitional planning help and referrals also available, and free HIV-related literature.
HIV education, counseling & testing, discharge planning offered on-site at Sing Sing, Fishkill, Downstate and Green Haven Correctional Facilities.
The Parolee Human Rights Project -- New York City AIDS Housing Network
Members advocate for the rights of persons with HIV or HCV who are on parole and their affected communities. Bi-weekly meetings.
Online publication on health care issues in prisons with a focus on chronic infectious diseases, including issues on HIV and HCV care
Canadian organization with excellent discharge planning resources -- much applicable in the U.S. PROS & CONS: A Guide to Creating Successful Community-Based HIV/AIDS Programs for Prisoners available online or free by mail.
Rikers Island Transitional Consortium (RITC)
Provides transitional discharge planning services to inmates with HIV being released from Rikers Island.
The Women's Prison Association
Service and advocacy organization for women with criminal justice histories. Offers counseling, housing and employment assistance, mentoring, and HIV counseling & testing.
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