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Getting Out Alive

Last Call

He Said, He Said

Outside In

Myth vs. Reality in the Pen

The Hook-Up

Africa’s Mayor

3 x 5 Report Card

Tribute: Wilfredo Valencia Palacios Roman

Earthwatch: Prison Focus

Website of the month: AIDSVote.org

Medicare Malaise

See You in the Lobby

Show & Tell: Oscar Time



Cirque du So Lame

Can HIV Care Click in the Clink?

A Bitter Pill

Comfort Zone: SpiceBoy

The Sweetest Taboo

Diamond in the Roughage

Head Games

Looking for Liver Helpers

Quick Study: Painkiller


Cheek to Chic

Warning Signs

Quick Study: Sexual Satisfaction

Publisher’s Letter


Live To Tell: With Conviction

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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April 2004

Myth vs. Reality in the Pen

by Tim Murphy

1. Myth: Prison is an HIV breeding ground.
Reality: Most inmates with HIV got

1. Myth: Prison is an HIV breeding ground.
Reality: Most inmates with HIV got it before incarceration.

2. Myth: Health care is better in prison than outside.
Reality: Only if you’ve had no health care at all outside.

3. Myth: Men’s prisons are tougher on gays.
Reality: It’s tougher on the weak or effeminate of any sort—and gay men in prison are often quite tough themselves.

4. Myth: Women’s prisons teem with lesbians.
Reality: Many women prisoners are coming off abusive relationships with men and find intimacy among one another— but they don’t all identify as “lesbian.”

5. Myth: Prison rape is common.
Reality: Brutal rape sometimes occurs in male prisons—but coercive sex is more often an adaptive or survival move. Most rape in women’s prison is committed by male guards.

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