Where inmates — and outside activists — can get the 411
P.O. Box 6303; Rockville, MD 20849-6303
This government service takes questions and provides federal guidelines to treatment for HIV. For easy-to-read guideline summaries, contact: The New Mexico AIDS InfoNet (P.O. Box 810, Arroyo Seco, NM, 87514; www.aidsinfonet.org)
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU National Prison Project
Attn: Ms. Jackie Walker
733 15th St., N.W., Suite 620; Washington, DC 20005
202.393.4930 (collect calls from inmates accepted); www.aclu.org
Write to Walker for referrals to AIDS or legal services near your facility, or answers to questions you don’t know where to take.
19 Fulton St., Ste. 308B; New York, NY 10038
212.566.7333 (no collect calls); www.bodypos.org
Publishes the acclaimed magazines Body Positive and the Spanish-language SIDAahora (send a check for whatever you can; no requests turned away for lack of funds).
California Prison Focus
2940 16th St., Ste. 5B; San Francisco, CA 94103
415.252.9211 (no collect calls); www.prisons.org
Inmates nationwide can get one free issue of Prison Focus, a quarterly packed with prison news (subscriptions $5, sliding scale; stamps accepted). CPF also gives referrals to other resources.
National Minority AIDS Council
NMAC Prison Initiative
1931 13th St. N.W.; Washington, DC 20009
202.483.6622 (no collect calls); www.nmac.org
NMAC will refer anyone to prisoner or ex-offender services in their area, or help community groups better serve these HIVers. They also publish several brochures on HIV and hep C in prison.
1233 Locust St., 5th Floor; Philadelphia, PA 19107
Attn: Laura McTighe
215.985.4448 (no collect calls)
FIGHT will send its excellent Prison Health News or other material from its AIDS Library free of charge to prisoners anywhere. Philly-area parolees should inquire about Project TEACH Outside (see “With Conviction” ).
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to join activist Rachel Maddow’s positive-prisoner listserv, or hook into the prison committee of AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition (www.atac-usa.org) by e-mailing Julie Davids at email@example.com, or calling 212.966.0466 ext. 1226.
Write to: POZ Subscriptions; Old Chelsea Station; PO Box 1937; New York, NY 10114-1937. Our monthly guide to everything HIV is free to any positive prisoner.
Outreach and Education Department
205 13th St., Ste. 2001; San Francisco, CA 94103-2461
Inmates: Call 415.558.9051. Treatment Hotline: 800.822.7422
Acclaimed treatment hotline plus great “HIV 101” information sheets and newsletters (including WISE Words, just for women), all free to prisoners.
Attn: Precious Jackson
1566 South Burnside Ave.; Los Angeles, CA 90019
323.965.1564; toll-free hotline: 800.554.4876 (Spanish and English); www.women-alive.org
Write this women’s HIV group for free woman-focused HIV treatment information plus their biannual newsletter.