This United States Department of Justice report sets forth data on the rates of HIV and HIV-related deaths in federal and state prisons across the country. The rate of HIV/AIDS among all state and federal prison inmates declined from 194 cases per 10,000 inmates in 2001 to 146 per 10,000 in 2010. AIDS-related deaths among the same population also declined an average of 16% each year, from 2001 to 2010. The 3% average annual decline rate of HIV/AIDS among inmates between 2001 and 2010 was consistent with the decline across the United States general population during the same period. Despite these declines, significant geographic and racial disparities persist; inmates from the South and black inmates were disproportionately represented in rates of inmates with HIV and of HIV-related deaths, as measured throughout 2008 and 2010.
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