The Importance Of Continuity Of Care For Former Prisoners

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Research Paper Evaluating the Importance of Emphasizing Continuity of Care for Former Prisoners -DRAFT

Empowering a Healthy Lifestyle Beyond Imprisonment

Brittney R. Sims
October 22, 2014
Interdisciplinary Health Care Ethics

INTRODUCTION

HIV is one of the leading causes of illness in the United States. It is estimated that 1,148,200 individuals are living with HIV, with about 207,800 or 18% that are undiagnosed and 47,500 newly infected in 2010, in the United States (CDC, 2013). Although there is no cure, treatment is available through antiviral medications, but access to healthcare is often a major pitfall. Many of the behaviors that make individuals more vulnerable for HIV, such as IV drug use and illegal prostitution, also increase an individual’s vulnerability to be incarcerated. In 2010, there were 20,093 reported inmates with HIV/AIDS in custody in either state or federal prison (HIV in Prisons, 2012). Although this number has decreased since the previous census count of 20,880 individuals imprisoned in either state or federal custody, this still does not take into account the individuals that are released from prison and are required to seek a continuation of treatment on their own. “In 2012, the number of admissions to state and federal prison in the United States was 609,800 offenders. The number of releases from U.S. prisons in 2012 (637,400) exceeded that of admissions for the fourth consecutive year” (Prisoners in…
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