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Hiv Status In Prisons

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Impact of Prison Status on HIV-Related Risk Behaviors

US incarceration rates have increased 239 percent during the past two decades; currently, 2 million people are held in US jails or prisons. The authors noted that while earlier research has found an association between previously imprisoned homeless... Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

Prison Health = Public Health: HIV Care in New York State Prisons

"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky There is a public health emergency in New York State prisons. Infection rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are 8 to 10 times higher in... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Family of HIV-Positive Man Who Died in Delaware Prison Sues Prison Health Care Provider, Alleging Inadequate Treatment

The family of an HIV-positive man who died while serving a six-month sentence at Gander Hill prison in Wilmington, Del., is suing First Correctional Medical , the prison system's health care provider, and two of its doctors over allegations that... Read more »
Ask the Experts


Hello Dr. Frascino,I have a friend who is HIV+. He tells me since he has become positive, he always uses protection. The other night we were talking and I asked him about his sex life since becoming positive. He told me he still gets some. But when...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I strongly recommend disclosing HIV status well before doing the dance with no pants. HIV disclosure is never easy and there can be complications. I have written several blogs on this topic (see below) and we have an entire chapter in the... Read more »

Needle Stick at State Prison

Hello,I work at a State Prison and after walking into a cellblock I found 2 inmates using tattooing with a homemade tattoo machine. I took it from them and about 20 seconds later I accidently poked myself with the needle at the end of the tattoo...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.Your risk from a poke that may not have penetrated the skin and did not bleed or leave any mark would be so remote that it is essentially nonexistent. However, this is still a potential work-related injury, so you should report it, have the... Read more »

How do you first tell your partner your status?

Hi Dr Bob, I thought I'd ask you this cause you seem to have managed a mixed status relationship successfully for a while. I'm 23, male and positive for 3 years now, no meds, good CD4 and vl - basically very healthy. I've been...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Confused,Disclosure is never easy and every situation is a bit different. In general I recommend disclosing sooner rather than later. (See below.)You can check the archives for additional information and testimonials.As for Steve and me, there... Read more »

judging our status by the status of our partner - why not?

Dr. Bob, you are repeatedly writing that it's not advisable to judge our status by the status of our partners, and that the best thing to do is to go get tested ourselves. I had an exposure in November 2008 with another guy (I was sure I was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I stand by my comments that you can not determine your HIV status based on the results of a surrogate! How do you know your buddy's test was really negative? Even if someone slapped a lie detector on his Mr. Happy, I wouldn't trust... Read more »
Connect With Others

HIV in prisons

Posted by curious_about, 3 Replies
I am interested in HIV healthcare in prisons. I honestly don't know much about what goes on inside, what the difficulties are. I've been thinking about it because I work at a place that provides HIV healthcare and there has been talk about... Read more »

hiv in prison

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

HIV Articles

Few Men Found to Get HIV in Prison- CDC Report

"HIV Transmission Among Male Inmates in a State Prison System --- Georgia, 1992-2005" April 21, 2006
(full CDC Report follows Washington Post article)

By David Brown
Washington... Read more »

22 poz..stopped taking meds/not disclosing status

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
i was diagnosed hiv+ december 2003. i had an insane viral load of over a million. my initial cd4 was 280. i began taking medication and within 2 months i gained back the 50 pounds of weight i lost and became healthier than ive ever been before. i... Read more »

HIV In Prisons-MYTHS-Tattooing

Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
Read the part about Tattoos.

Busted! Georgia Prison Study Shakes Down Some HIV Myths

by Laura Whitehorn

April 26, 2006A new study tracking HIV through the Georgia prison system is busting some myths about life behind bars and raising questions about... Read more »