Massachusetts cuts county jails’ HIV programs
Sheriffs caution on health impact
The state has eliminated more than $1 million for HIV testing and education in county jails, alarming sheriffs who fear the cuts threaten the health of inmates and those they have contact with after being released. Sheriffs warned that the cuts will lead to eliminating staff who educate inmates about the virus, curtailing HIV testing within the jails, and ending visits by infectious disease doctors who monitor inmates’ health. Federal cuts forced the state to reduce its overall AIDS prevention budget by $4.3 million.