Understanding the Disproportionate Prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Incarcerated African-American Males
Gregory E. Perkins, Mark R. Marquez

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) among incarcerated African American males is at epidemic portions and remains more prevalent than that of the general population. It has been widely reported that among US prison inmates these males disproportionately represent those who are severely affected by HIV/AIDS, largely based on cultural, their pre-incarceration high-risk behaviors, and socio-economic factors (Jarama, Belgrave, Bradford, Young & Honnold, 2007). A review of the literature and research data concerning the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among African American male inmates reveals that there are not sufficient resources to promote and educate this population on this issue. Findings suggest that a psycho-educational intervention strategy is essential when offering HIV prevention services in prison settings.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jswhr.v4n1a2