Never thought I would see this in the public press but finally there is a very sad truth manifesting itself about our prison nation. The STD rate and HIV rate is 10 times higher in prisons than among the general population.
Now if you consider this a closed population under 24 hour control then there is a myth that is exploded. Also consider that some 95 percent of the inmates will be released at some point which in essence makes US prisons that have some million plus men, women and children a breeding ground for STD/HIV they will take to the outside.
There is a public health and by extension an increased demand on social services supporting HIV which is not only a growing threat in the realm of public health but demands against the financial infrastructure of cities, states and national budgets.