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Author Topic: An HIV positive Inmate in a California state prison spit in my face!!!  (Read 2841 times)

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Offline lawmandocken

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From what I have read and heard from physicians there is no real chance of me becoming infected. Spit went into eyes, nose, and mouth. What do you have to add? Thanks

Offline Andy Velez

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That's an unfortunate experience. The risk is theoretical rather than actual. HIV is not an easy virus to transmit. So many elements would have to come together at the same time that it just doesn't happen in the manner you are concerned about.

But spitting, biting and other like behaviors often get a lot of attention in the media and promote the fears of those who don't really know about HIV transmission.

I don't see any cause for concern.


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Offline lawmandocken

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Now I have to take Combivir for a month. Man that stuff was $1016. Lucky for me Workers Comp picks up the tab. Don't want the side affects though. I may not take it. I took what the hospital gave me initially and the follow up doses. Have already felt achey and nausiated. Do'nt really want to crack the seal on the new bottle........not pleasant. Thanks

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<< Now I have to take Combivir for a month>>

Why? There is no risk from spit.

HIV is not spread through saliva.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline lawmandocken

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That is what the norm in CDC Prison system is I suppose.  $1016 for a 30 month supply is outrageous. Too bad I will more than likely just end up throwing bottle away.

Offline jkinatl2

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Actually, you can donate the meds to your local ASO - lots of people really do need them, and have no access to them :)

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline Andy Velez

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I wish it was as easy for inmates with HIV to get proper treatment as it was for you to unnecessarily be prescibed PEP.

That's an antiquated response on the system's part. I sympathize with the scare you had but you were not at risk.

When the hell is the prison system ever going to get up to date about a lot of thinigs including HIV health issues.

Right now it's just a money making cow for some greedy and uneducated people.

Anyway, Jonathan has the right idea about the meds. You don't need them but some HIV/AIDS service organization can get them to someone who can.

By the way, please read the lesson on HIV transmission which gives you all the basics about the subject and may help you to get over this scare.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

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Hey lawman,
     God don't throw the meds away...please donate them.
duude

Offline lawmandocken

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I should get top notch care. I mean after all I haven't committed any felonies. Not like that pile of crap rapist who spit in face. So you think that these Inmates In CDC don't get adequate treatment? Your off your rocker. These guys get better treatment than my kids do. I have to wait 3-4 days for my kids to see the Dr. these guys wait maybe, maybe, 1 day. You have no idea. I see it on a daily basis and have so for 10 years now. Some of these guys did just make a simple mistake. I give you that but that is not the norm. The guy who spit in my face, well he raped three women and is now doing life without. I have talked to close to 300 HIV inmates and about 90% have told me they committed crimes so that they would get the treatment they weren't getting from the streets. Also Transexual men commit felonies because CDC has to continue their treatment while they are incarcerated. So to say that they are not getting adequate treatment is a false statement. Maybe other states do things differently, but In CDC they get great health benefits.

I read that article thanks for the info.

 


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