Commentary: Marking HIV-Positive Prisoners Is Unethical

As Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), I was especially pleased to see the issue of the unjust segregation of HIV-infected prisoners addressed in an Erik Eckholm article in the New York Times, most particularly because the article acknowledged the excellent work of two EJAF grantees, the ACLU National Prison Project and Human Rights Watch, which have both achieved impressive results over the last two years in this field. The ongoing practice in some states of segregating and, in some instances, marking HIV-positive inmates demonstrates the distance we still have to travel as a nation towards an appropriately compassionate and sensible response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic... Related stories: HIV Positive Inmates Forced To Wear Armbands In JailCommentary: Talking About AIDS Is Greater Than Silence
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