Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 16, issue 4, P140-146 2005 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2005.0077 View full text
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Kim M Blankenship, Amy B Smoyer, Sarah J Bray, Kristin Mattocks

Abstract: African Americans in the United States are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. We focus in this paper on the structural and contextual sources of HIV/AIDS risk, and suggest that among the most important of these sources are drug policy and the corrections system. In particular, high rates of exposure to the corrections system (including incarceration, probation, and parole) spurred in large part by federal and state governments' self-styled war on drugs in the United States, have disproportionately affect…

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