With nearly half (48 percent) of all black men living with HIV/AIDS estimated to have acquired it by male-to-male sexual contact according to a CDC report, the spread of HIV appears to be as much about homosexuality as it is about trifling, dishonest African-American men engaging in promiscuous sexual encounters with unsuspecting women while not having the decency to practice safe sex.
Many researchers and social advocates are wondering if there is a correlation between the deplorable number of African-American men who are incarcerated and in prison and the spread of HIV in the African-American community. Unfortunately, despite various hypotheses, only 19 states test inmates for HIV upon entering prison and only three states test upon release. The Bureau of Prisons for federally incarcerated inmates tests only a random sampling of inmates on alternative years. For the sake of the current and future generations of African Americans, a national campaign should be instituted to require the testing of men entering prison for HIV, upon release and upon inmate request. HIV testing should be mandatory throughout all state and federal prisons. – © S. James Guitard
Wondering about a correlation…experts are wondering? If the general public, who can get tested for free or at will if they have insurance, is not getting tested and spreading HIV, do you have to wonder how inmates who don’t know their status might unknowingly pass HIV to other inmates they have sex with? Why not test persons coming out of the system, at the very least? Why not give incarcerated people condoms?
If these men really had a voice, a voice that the general population was interested in hearing, this would be a non-issue. We don’t care about criminals. If you have life in prison and you’ll die behind bars, you’re an outcast in the eyes of most Americans. Will they care if you die from Aids any more than they care if your cell mate shanks you in your sleep? What does that say about America? You can get cable, phone calls, visits, food, exercise, etc in prison, but might not get condoms or HIV testing. OH, you can get raped too…let not forget that. Then your HIV infection could be the result of a crime, forced on you. *shaking my head*
PS: S. James Guitard is the national bestselling author of four books and a guest columnist. His latest novel, Delilah’s Revenge, is a Black Expressions and ESSENCE Magazine Bestseller.