Maryland Prisons Have Highest Percentage of AIDS Cases Nationwide, DOJ Report Says
October 2, 2007
Prisons in Maryland have the highest percentage of inmates living with AIDS nationwide, according to a study by the Department of Justice, the Baltimore Sun reports. The study is based on statistics from 41 states at the end of 2005.
According to Vernarelli, many of the HIV-positive inmates contracted the virus through injection drug use (Baltimore Sun, 9/29). Richard Rosenblatt, assistant secretary for DPSCS, said a "high rate of HIV should be expected" in Maryland prisons because of the high number of injection drug users in the Baltimore area. According to CDC, the Baltimore area in 2005 had the second-highest rate of AIDS nationwide, with 40.4 cases per 100,000 people (Annapolis Capital, 9/29).
Connecticut, Delaware and New York state had the second-highest percentage of inmates living with AIDS, with 1.1% each, the report found (Baltimore Sun, 9/29).
The report is available online.
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