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Video tells Illinois prisoners about HIV services


Associated Press - February 4, 2012

Chicago - A video made with help from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is being used in Illinois prisons.

It's called "Outside the Walls: Life Beyond HIV." Its goal is to educate prisoners about re-entry programs for ex-offenders living with HIV/AIDS.

The Department of Corrections also will use the video to encourage offenders to know their HIV status through testing that's available during their incarceration. On release, ex-offenders with HIV are connected to case managers and services.

Tawon Dale is on the AIDS Foundation's community advisory board. He appears in the video talking about how he got help when he left prison. A case manager helped him find housing, medication and job training.

The video is being distributed in Chicago through the nonprofit Men & Women in Prison Ministries.

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