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Jul 28

Discrimination Among HIV/AIDS Positive Prisoners

Posted by: rpfaus in HIV/AIDS


Alabama and South Carolina have joined efforts in seclusion among prisoners with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, the two states have imposed mandatory HIV testing of its prisoners in attempts to halt the spread of the epidemic  and to further preserve prison health.  Even so, this precautionary plan is shocking Human Right activists, who view this treatment as discrimination.


After testing positive, prisoners are forced to live in separate units and wear designating armbands.  The prisoners also eat and worship separately to avoid contamination. Moreover, they are publicly denied participation in re-entry programs that aim in transitioning back into society.  Through these measures, prisoners are subjected to stigma and harassment.


In other parts of the country, like Mississippi, officials have taken the necessary steps to ensure the segregation will be discontinued, as prisoners have described their constant torment. The verbal abuse includes derogatory statements and false accusations regarding sexuality. Though the issue remains controversial, Human Rights activists urge prison systems throughout the nation to comply with an anti-discriminatory stance against prisoners living with HIV/AIDS.

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