This Day in History – April 21, 2006
The CDC Examines HIV Transmission Rates
On this date, the CDC released information regarding HIV prevalence among incarcerated individuals in Georgia. In their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC relayed that the estimated prevalence of HIV among prisoners was nearly five times higher than the national average. These figures became known as a result of mandatory HIV testing that began in Georgia prisons in 1988.
The report identified sexual encounters and tattooing as the primary risk factors impacting HIV transmission behind bars. It was one of many early reports to advocate for the development of HIV education and prevention programs for incarcerated individuals.
Read the original report at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5515a1.htm.
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