HIV/AIDS and Criminal Justice
People living with HIV/AIDS are disproportionately incarcerated. While in prison, they face widespread discrimination and difficulty accessing appropriate medical care. Misguided laws that criminalize HIV/AIDS exposure make matters worse and are both bad public health and discriminatory.
While incarcerated, people living with HIV/AIDS also frequently face barriers to accessing adequate HIV/AIDS care, including while in prison or immigration detention.
The ACLU works to ensure that the government both fulfills its obligation to provide adequate medical care and nondiscriminatory treatment to all those in its custody and does not erect arbitrary barriers that prevent people from accessing lifesaving care.