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October 17, 2013

NY Prisons Provide Inconsistent Hep C and HIV Care

A recent study shows the quality of health care for inmates with chronic diseases in New York State varies “drastically” among different facilities, according to a statement by the Correctional Association of New York. Health analysts collected systemwide data from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) and additionally visited 18 prisons between 2011 and 2013 to interview medical staff about each prison’s health care system and to survey inmates living with HIV or hepatitis C virus (HCV) about the quality of care they were receiving. Researchers found that while some prisons closely monitor these inmates and provide timely and appropriate care, other facilities are understaffed and have limited access to specialty care and other services. The Department of Health Oversight Law mandates the New York State Department of Health to reassess the quality of HIV and HCV care in prisons across the state.

To read the statement, click here.

To download facility-specific information about HIV/HCV care for inmates in New York State, click here.

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