Maryland inmates' knowledge of HIV-1 transmission and prevention; a comparison with the U.S. general population

D. D. Celentano, T. F. Brewer, J. Sonnega, D. Vlahov

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Abstract

A comparison of the general knowledge of AIDS and HIV-1 acquisition and transmission of 210 newly incarcerated male inmates in Maryland was compared with a random sample of 1,766 men interviewed by the National Center for Health Statistics. The knowledge of AIDS, likely and unlikely routes of transmission of HIV-1, and contraceptive methods of preventing HIV-1 transmission were very high and similar in the two groups. However, perceived risk of acquiring HIV-1 was significantly higher among prisoners (p < 0.01), possibly reflecting that a substantial proportion possess a pre-incarceration history of IV drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Prison and Jail Health
Volume9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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