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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
High AIDS Rate Reported Among Prison Population
Taylor, Charles
June 4, 1992
United Press International (06/04/92)

Atlanta--People who enter U.S. prisons have high rates of HIV infection, and transmission of the virus continues among inmates as a result of IV-drug use and homosexual activity. There were 4,519 cases of AIDS reported among inmates in federal and 45 state prisons and another 2,466 cases in 25 city and county jail systems as of November 1990, reported the Centers for Disease Control. Those cases represent the incidence of HIV infection among the men and women entering the nation's jails, the CDC said. A recent report by the CDC suggested that among entrants to 10 selected U.S. jails and federal and state prisons, the HIV rate was between 2.1 and 7.6 percent for men and between 2.7 and 14.7 percent for women. The risk of HIV infection may be higher in prisons in which inmates serve longer sentences or with large inmate populations, said the CDC. Among those prisoners who tested for HIV, 67 percent identified themselves as IV-drug users--four percent of those identified IV-drug users tested positive for HIV.