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The purpose of this project is to explore and better understand the management of HIV in the prison system. Better understanding may or may not contribute to the development of appropriate protections and education for the infected individual, correctional personnel and the communities. HIV is undertreated in the prison system, and both internal and external correctional communities are at risk for transmission. Current interventions to reduce the spread of HIV in these facilities are limited in research. Though federal laws require equal access to healthcare for prisoners, each state has different procedures for the treatment of HIV. Correctional nurses have the ability to change the way HIV care is provided in correctional facilities. This project, guided by the constructed theory of forensic nursing, is meant to highlight the deficit in education and HIV care in internal and external correctional communities.



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