Arkansas: Bill Would Require HIV Tests of Prisoners Before Parole
February 9, 2007
Under legislation introduced in the state House Thursday, inmates in Arkansas would have to undergo HIV and STD testing, and if necessary, treatment, before being paroled. Rep. Fred Allen (D-North Little Rock) proposed the measure. The state's population of 14,000 inmates normally includes about 100 who are HIV-positive and 25 to 30 who have been diagnosed with AIDS, said Dina Tyler, spokesperson for the Department of Corrections. Hepatitis testing is required at intake; though HIV tests are voluntary, "everyone takes one," she said. Corrections officials are evaluating the potential costs of the additional testing.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.