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ERIC Number: ED408520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 51
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An Assessment of HIV Issues among Inmates at a State Correctional Institution.
Antonio, Michael E.; And Others
The rapid spread of the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) throughout correctional facilities in the United States indicates that educational reforms are needed to combat this problem. But inmates' actual needs must be assessed before any program can be implemented. To assess this need, a historical overview of the problem, along with the results of a series of focus groups in which inmates responded to questions concerning their knowledge and experiences related to the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) and AIDS issues, are reported here. It was hypothesized that knowledge of the modes of transmission of HIV would differ among races. Furthermore, drug offenders were expected to engage in riskier behaviors than non-drug offenders. A survey of racial differences in previous studies is provided, along with a discussion of the special needs of prison populations. Existing peer education programs in prisons are also reviewed. Participants (N=51) were recruited for the focus groups. Results show that all inmates indicated that more education was needed. Inmates were particularly interested in educational programs which emphasized prevention. Inmates' responses indicate that most of them understood the basic mechanisms of HIV transmission; there was no significant difference in general HIV knowledge among racial or nature-of-offense groups. (Contains 35 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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