The report conducted by a team of Texas researchers is published in today’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. It's the first to track poz patients from prison release to outside care. The study concludes the prison system has become "an important front" to treat and control HIV and AIDS. But since most former inmates initially lack private or public health insurance, they often have trouble getting life-saving antiretroviral meds—such as Viread, Truvada and Retrovir—that can keep the virus in check.
More than 2100 HIV positive inmates in the Texas prison system were studied. Researchers found "90% or more of the inmates" did not fill a prescription soon enough to avoid interruptions in their treatment regimens. Black and Hispanic inmates were "30% less likely than white inmates" to fill a prescription within 30 days of release, according to Reuters.