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January/February 2010: HIV Care in Prison

HIV/AIDS prevalence is five times higher in U.S. prisons than among the general population. In 2006, there were 21,980 state and federal prisoners living with HIV/AIDS. Many correctional facilities offer limited or no access to HIV prevention (condoms and/or treatment), and many fail to provide sufficient care and support services to prisoners with the virus. Do/did you get the HIV care and support you need in prison? Please tell us about your experiences.
 
1. Did you find out your HIV/AIDS status in prison?
Yes
No
 
2. Do/did you receive HIV/AIDS counseling? (If no, skip to question 4.)
Yes
No
 
3. Do/did you find the counseling helpful?
Yes, very helpful
Yes, somewhat helpful
Not at all helpful
 
4. Does/did the staff protect your confidentiality?
Yes
No
 
5. How often do/did you receive your HIV medication?
I get a month's worth of medication at one time
I get individual doses every day at a pill line
(please specify) 
 
6. Are/were you barred from any prison jobs because of your HIV-positive status?
Yes
No
 
7. Are/were you segregated from the prison population for being HIV positive?
Often
Sometimes
Never
 
8. Do/did you feel endangered physically for being HIV positive?
By other prisoners
By staff
By both
Neither
 
9. Do/did you know and talk to other prisoners who are HIV positive?
Yes
No
 
10. Are/were you open to other prisoners about your HIV-positive status?
Yes
No
 
11. Do/did you have HIV support groups in prison?
Yes
No
 
12. If so, who runs the support groups?
Chaplain
Medical Staff
Prisoners
(please specify):  
 
13. Does/did the prison supply condoms to inmates?
Yes
No
 
14. If you have been released from prison, were you given HIV meds to take after your release?
Yes
No
I have not been released
 
15. If so, how much medication did the prison supply?
A week's worth
30 days' worth
60 days' worth
90 days' worth
Other: 
 
16. Were you provided with a caseworker or other professional to give you HIV support after your release?
Yes
No
 
17. Did you visit a doctor after your release?
Yes
No
 
18. If you have been released, have you been able to stay on your medication?
Yes
No
 
19. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Easternn
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
(please specify) 
 
20. What is your ZIP code?



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