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October 2, 2009

Many Prisoners Revert to Intermittent Treatment After Incarceration

"Less than 17 percent of HIV-positive inmates on antiretroviral (ARV) therapy continue taking their treatment consistently once they are released from prison, according to a study published September 22 in the online journal PLoS One.

Though there are often still many barriers to effective HIV therapy in prison, researchers have known that some incarcerated people are better able to access and adhere to ARV treatment while in prison than after they are released. Potential reasons for this include lack of housing, employment, access to care and social support. "

Read more in POZ, October 1, 2009.