"Sub-Optimal" HIV Care Continues at Alabama Prison Despite Some Improvements, Court-Ordered Monitor's Report Says
July 19, 2005
"Sub-optimal" HIV treatment continues to occur at the Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, Ala., according to a federal court-ordered monitor's report presented on Friday, the Birmingham News reports. The report -- which was conducted by prison medicine expert Joseph Bick after a visit to the prison in late May and filed on July 7 with Magistrate Judge John Ott -- says that Limestone has not provided an infectious disease specialist to treat the facility's more than 200 HIV-positive inmates for much of the past year despite an April 2004 federal court settlement in which the Alabama Department of Corrections promised to hire a specialist (Crowder, Birmingham News, 7/16). Under the settlement, which was reached in response to a 2002 federal lawsuit filed by HIV-positive inmates, the department is required to provide various improvements in living conditions and medical care for the inmates, including allowing a medical consultant to monitor the conditions of the HIV unit on a quarterly basis for two years and hiring a full-time nurse to coordinate infection control and medical care (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/3).
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