• Journal Article

Intraprison HIV transmission: an assessment of whether it occurs, how it occurs, and who is at risk

Citation

Krebs, C., & Simmons, M. (2002). Intraprison HIV transmission: an assessment of whether it occurs, how it occurs, and who is at risk. AIDS Education and Prevention, 14(5 Suppl B), 53-64.

Abstract

The prevalence of AIDS infection is approximately five times higher in state and federal prisons than among the general U.S. population. It is also apparent that high-risk HIV transmission behaviors occur inside prison; however, data validly documenting instances of intraprison HIV transmission are rare. This study validly identifies 33 inmates in a large sample of state prison inmates who contracted HIV inside prison and presents data on how they likely contracted HIV. It further compares these inmates to inmates who did not contract HIV inside prison in terms of age, race, and level of education. Documenting the burden posed by HIV transmission inside prison, providing insight into how they contract HIV inside prison, and what types of inmates are at risk will help public and correctional health officials reform their current education and prevention practices and ultimately reduce or prevent HIV transmission both inside and outside prison