Is the U.S. Neglecting HIV-positive Immigrants?
BY HIV Plus Editors
November 21 2008 1:00 AM ET
HIV-positive undocumented immigrants held in U.S. detention centers do not receive proper medical care and are neglected by federal officials, says the group Human Rights Watch in a report presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference. The report describes 14 incidences where HIV-positive immigrants did not receive their prescribed medications and documents the death of a visibly ill Mexican HIVer who was denied care at a Los Angeles'area facility. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security responded to the report by saying its division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which runs the detention centers, offers medical care equal to or better than other U.S. detention agencies and correctional programs.