250913 No warning shots: The risks and realities of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in California prisons and other correctional settings

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:12 PM

Monica Molina, MPH , Center for Health Justice, Los Angeles, CA
Diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C have a huge impact on incarcerated populations in the U.S., with rates of infection among prisoners consistently higher than the general U.S. population. Many of the same factors that place people at risk for incarceration (such as drug use) also place them at risk for HIV or Hepatitis C infection. Risk factors are increased for prisoners- who often do not have access to prevention tools (such as condoms, clean needles, or proper sterilization for tattoo equipment)- this despite the fact that we know that sex and drug use sometimes happens in prisons and jails, and tattooing is common.

This brief HIV prevention video for prisoners can be shown in correctional facilities throughout the state of California. The video provides basic facts and information about HIV/AIDS in correctional settings, and the realities facing our communities both inside and outside, including statistics and interviews with medical professionals.

The video also interviews participants from the Center for Health Justice's Inmate Peer Education Program about risk factors inside prisons and how to reduce ones chance of becoming infected (or spreading the disease to others). The focus is on promoting the adoption of healthier behaviors.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
List 2 risk factors for contracting HIV in prisons and correctional settings. Identify the scope of interventions available for HIV and Hep C in prisons and correctional settings.

Keywords: Incarceration, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Education Programs and I oversee all the programs that take place inside and outside of correctional facilities such as HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and risk reduction as well as substance abuse and community re-entry.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.