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NCJ Number: 154923 Find in a Library
Title: AIDS: Key Facts for Inmates
Corporate Author: Capital Communications Systems, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Capital Communications Systems, Inc
Crofton, MD 21114
National Institute of Corrections
Aurora, CO 80011
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20534
Sale Source: National Institute of Corrections
Information Ctr
11900 E Cornell Ave, Unit C
Aurora, CO 80011
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video is shown to inmates in Federal correctional facilities to inform them about HIV, AIDS Related Complex, and full-blown AIDS, as well as the means by which the HIV is transmitted; practical preventive steps in the prison environment are suggested, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons' policy toward inmates with various manifestations of the HIV infection is explained.
Abstract: The video opens with a dramatized incident in a prison workshop in which an inmate cuts himself on a machine and is bleeding from the hand. As two inmates discuss what to do to help, one cautions that the injured inmate is an IV drug user and may be carrying the AIDS virus. Without resolving the issue, the video moves into its educational format to provide the information inmates will need to protect themselves from HIV infection. Using animated illustrations, the narrator first explains the nature of the human immune system and how the HIV infection can destroy this system to make the host vulnerable to illnesses that eventually cause death. The differences between HIV infection, AIDS Related Complex, and full-blown AIDS are explained, along with antibody testing, symptoms, and how the HIV is transmitted from one person to another through bodily fluids, notably blood and semen. High-risk groups and behaviors are identified, and practical suggestions are offered for avoiding such risky behaviors as sex without the use of condoms and the use of "dirty" needles in IV drug use and tattooing. The video concludes with the resolution of the opening dramatization; one of the inmates secures some latex gloves, renders first aid for the injury, and cleans up the blood on the floor with a disinfectant.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV education; AIDS/HIV epidemiology; AIDS/HIV prevention; Inmate preventive health education
Note: Color VHS video, 35:00 minutes
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