- More than 2 million people are incarcerated in jails and prisons in the United States.
- People who are incarcerated are at increased risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV.
- The correctional setting is often the first place incarcerated men and women are diagnosed with HIV and provided treatment.
People who are incarcerated are at increased risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV and other infections. Correctional health, public health, and community-based organizations need to improve HIV prevention and care for incarcerated populations through 1) routine HIV screening and voluntary HIV testing within prisons and jails and 2) other effective prevention strategies, including those that address inmates’ transition back into the community. Correctional institutions can be important partners in preventing and treating HIV to protect and improve inmate and community health.
- Infographic: Ending The Drug War Will Help End AIDS (dgsmith.org)
- HIV Rising in Gay Men in Urban US (abcnews.go.com)
- We Can’t End AIDS Until We End the Drug War (alternet.org)
- AIDS conference calls for removal of HIV-related travel restrictions (ghanabusinessnews.com)