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Wed June 9, 2004
HIV-Infected Prisoners Expect Better Health Care
By Alabama Public Radio
Limestone County, AL – A change in health care providers and a court-appointed monitor are expected to help inmates at the Limestone County Correctional facility who are battling HIV. The changes came about after a federal judge found that the treatment of HIV infected prisoners was so substandard that it contributed to early death. A lawsuit had been filed on behalf of the prisoners by the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights against the state Department of Corrections. Birmingham-based healthcare provider...Naphcare Incorporated...was overseeing the welfare of prisoners before the lawsuit...but the company was found to be neglecting its duties. Tennessee-based Prison Health Services has now been awarded the contract...and representative from both sides of the dispute agree that conditions have greatly improved.