Screening of Prisoners for HIV: Public Health, Legal, and Ethical Implications

John D. Kraemer. "Screening of Prisoners for HIV: Public Health, Legal, and Ethical Implications." MSU Journal of Medicine and Law 13 (2009): 187-237

51 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2012 Last revised: 29 Aug 2012

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John Kraemer

Georgetown University Law Center; Georgetown University - School of Nursing & Health Studies

Date Written: July 26, 2012

Abstract

Inmates are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States. As a result, correctional health systems have often screened prisoners -- either at entry or while incarcerated -- for HIV. This paper assesses the likely public health impact of such programs and concludes that they can be beneficial so long as screening programs are linked with adequate prevention and treatment. It also assesses the conditions under which screening programs comply with or violate United States constitutional law and ethical norms.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, prisons, prisoners, incarcerated, ethics, constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Kraemer, John, Screening of Prisoners for HIV: Public Health, Legal, and Ethical Implications (July 26, 2012). John D. Kraemer. "Screening of Prisoners for HIV: Public Health, Legal, and Ethical Implications." MSU Journal of Medicine and Law 13 (2009): 187-237, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2118152

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