Health status and service needs of male inmates seriously Ill with HIV/ AIDS at two large urban jails

Daniel Karus, Victoria H. Raveis, Margaret Ratcliffe, Herbert A. Rosefield, Irene J. Higginson

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Male inmates with HIV/AIDS being served by case-management programs for those seriously ill in jails in Los Angeles (n = 34) and New Orleans (n = 20) are described and compared. At both sites, most were Black and poor with a history of substance abuse. Psychological functioning (Mental Health Inventory [MHI-5]) scores indicated poor mental health. Inmates reported an average of more than 10 symptoms, and at least 25% reported needing multiple medical, practical, and social services. These findings document a subpopulation of jail inmates who are seriously ill with HIV/AIDS, and they describe the potential care and service needs of such inmates. Given the chronicity of HIV/AIDS and the importance of strict adherence to treatment protocols, it is important not only to facilitate access to care and services for inmates but also to secure continuity of care and access to services when inmates are transferred to another facility or released into the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Health service delivery
  • Jails
  • Mental health
  • Physical symptomatology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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