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An inmate receiving a voluntary HIV test at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, Lafayette, Louisiana. (Credit: Bryan Tarnowski/Human Rights Watch)

Louisiana Parish Jail Staffer: We Don't Test Prisoners for HIV Because 'We Cannot Afford to Treat'

The state has one of the highest rates of new HIV infections in the U.S and an above-average rate of imprisonment. But only five of 104 jails offer formal HIV testing.

'We Don't Have to Wait for Other People to Treat Us Better': Taking the Sting Out of Stigma in Prison Img

'We Don't Have to Wait for Other People to Treat Us Better': Taking the Sting Out of Stigma in Prison

"Living in a world so full of prejudice, it can be hard to feel compassion for ourselves and for each other, coming together across our differences to fight for justice," writes JD Davids. "But people do find ways."

Resource Guide for Imprisoned People With HIV Img

Resource Guide for Imprisoned People With HIV

A list of groups that can provide health or legal info or connect you with college classes, pen pals and people to help you fight for your rights.

_Hamlet_ Behind Bars: Appreciated for Our Talents, Not Judged for Past Actions -- A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

Hamlet Behind Bars: Appreciated for Our Talents, Not Judged for Past Actions

"Why would visitors keep coming back year after year to see 'some inmates' convicted of horrible crimes perform Shakespeare?" Hinkhouse writes. "Apparently there are people in society that understand mistakes are made and we are still human beings de...

I Am Reaching Out and Asking for Help Img

I Am Reaching Out and Asking for Help

Tim writes, "If you are interested in advocating to right a wrong, I need you to step up and help me!"

When HIV Meds Are Locked Up: The Challenge of Adherence in Jails and Prisons Img

When HIV Meds Are Locked Up: The Challenge of Adherence in Jails and Prisons

We think about adherence as a personal challenge. But when imprisoned, people may face steep institutional barriers to getting their HIV treatment. Imprisoned advocate Kerry Thomas and HIV doc Tim Flanigan share strategies for keeping up behind bars....

Hepatitis C Is Common in Prisons, but Treatment Is Rare Img

Hepatitis C Is Common in Prisons, but Treatment Is Rare

Despite the high price tag of curative treatments, public health leaders stress that treating people behind bars is more effective and less costly than trying to remedy the damage to affected individuals and communities later on, Victoria Law reports...

Banning the Box Would Help People Released From Prison Rebuild Their Lives Img

Banning the Box Would Help People Released From Prison Rebuild Their Lives

Many of those who have been imprisoned have weak ties to mainstream employment and limited skills. But a low barrier trips up a lot of them -- the question on job applications asking people to disclose criminal convictions (and sometimes arrests)....