There are now about 2.2 million adults incarcerated in our prisons and jails. About twice this many people are also on parole. About 1% of these inmates, or about 20,000 men and 2,000 women, are infected with the AIDS/HIV virus. Most of these inmates acquired this disease in the community and not while incarcerated. However, inmates have a higher virus transmission rate compared to those not incarcerated. This is due to higher levels of injected-drug use, tattoos and unsafe sex. Advocates say these inmates may receive some treatment while in jail but often have difficulty accessing HIV medications when released.
H.R.895 – Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current inmate health policy and wish to defeat H.R.895
I support a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon reentry into the community, including testing inmates upon intake and counseling, and providing HIV/AIDS prevention education, HIV testing of prisoners annually upon request or upon exposure to HIV, HIV testing of pregnant inmates, confidential counseling on managing their medical condition and preventing its transmission to other persons, and wish to pass H.R.895