Tips for Working with People With HIV Who Have Been Incarcerated
People with HIV (PWH) who have been incarcerated face significant challenges across the HIV care continuum. Mass incarceration attributed to the “war on drugs,” racially charged arrests, and sentencing, among other factors, disproportionately impact Black/African American people, particularly men, in the United States. These same populations are also burdened by the HIV epidemic. People with HIV who are incarcerated often learn about their status during incarceration and studies have shown viral load rebounds and reduced CD4 counts post-incarceration. Invest in re-entry care for people with HIV and explore ways to mitigate the impact these systems have on their health outcomes.