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NCJ Number: 156283 Find in a Library
Title: National Commission on Correctional Health Care Position Statement: Administrative Management of HIV in Corrections
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:61-65
Corporate Author: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL 60614
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This position statement on the administrative management of HIV in corrections addresses HIV testing for the incarcerated, special housing, special precautions, education/counseling, prevention, confidentiality, special correctional programs, the HIV-positive correctional health care worker, and HIV infection and tuberculosis.
Abstract: Regarding HIV testing for the incarcerated, it is viewed in the position statement as a valid diagnostic tool; it encourages women inmates to be tested for HIV if they are pregnant. The statement opposes segregated housing for HIV-positive inmates who have no symptoms of the disease; those with full-blown AIDS may require medical isolation for their well-being as determined by the treating physician. Regarding special precautions, the statement supports and recommends strict compliance with the Centers for Disease Control statement on Universal Precautions in all settings within corrections. HIV/AIDS education should be provided to all staff and inmates; it should include information on transmission, prevention, treatment, and disease progression. Inmates should be supplied with whatever appropriate protective devices can reduce the risk of contagion. This position statement was adopted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care's Board of Directors on November 8, 1987, and was last amended on September 25, 1994.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV education; AIDS/HIV prevention; AIDS/HIV testing policies; AIDS/HIV transmission; Corrections management; Inmate health care
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