After years of public health efforts, health care at the Los Angeles County Jail has significantly improved and the facility now typically provides full access to treatment for inmates who have HIV -- including medications to keep the infection in check.

But after they are released, many former inmates stop seeing a doctor and taking their medications, putting their health at risk and increasing the odds that they will transmit HIV to others.

So CTSI-supported investigators developed and tested an experimental program to help former inmates continue their drug regimens. The approach, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was more effective with helping former inmates stay on medications and keep their virus controlled than current practice. 

Further reading:

The study in JAMA Internal Medicine
The UCLA press release

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