One-Third of Illinois Inmates Get Tattoos
May 18, 2009
In a survey of HIV risk behaviors among state prison inmates, Chicago State University researchers found that 29 percent of male inmates got a tattoo while behind bars. The team collected data from 526 women and 1,293 men. Sexual intercourse was reported by more women -- 19 percent -- than men, though men were more likely to report anal sex. The report said the lack of harm-reduction aids like condoms and clean needles is leading to more risky behavior among incarcerated persons. The study authors concluded: "There are gender differences in HIV risk behaviors of inmates during incarceration. The findings in this study suggest that inmates may benefit from gender-specific HIV interventions while incarcerated and in the community subsequent to release." The report, "Gender Differences in HIV Risk Behaviors of Inmates," was published in the Journal of Women's Health (2009;18(1):65-71).
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