8 MONTROSE VOICE /MARCH 20. 1987
No Condoms for Texas Prison Inmates
HUNTSVILLE (UPI)—State prison
officials, citing security and ethical reasons, said they have decided against
distributing condoms as a method of
curbing the spread of AIDS among
Prison doctors instead will launch a
massive educational campaign to teach
inmates more about the disease, said
Dr. Vonda Reeves, director of the AIDS
program at TDC.
"This is an institutional issue that
basically, at this point, we've made a
decision not to issue the condoms," she
said. "This is not a firm decision, but at
this point we're following the lead ofthe
two larger prison systems (California
and New York) in the United States."
"As the disease changes, so will we
modify our protocol and procedures to
adapt, to try and address what is happening with it."
The Texas Criminal Justice Task
Force has recommended that condoms
be distributed to Texas prison inmates
as a possible way to help curb the spread
of AIDS in state prisons.
Dr. Lawrence Cunningham, TDC
medical chief of staff, said security was
a major consideration in deciding
against such a policy. Corrections officials are concerned about the potential
for inmates' smuggling drugs in prison
with the help of condoms, he said.
Prison officials also are concerned the
distribution of condoms would promote
At first it was thought AIDS was a non-
Indian problem, but 32 cases have been
reported among native Americans since
1981, according to the government's
Indian Health Service and Centers for
The cases were reported in 14 states as
of Feb. 20, according to Pat Johannes,
communicable disease activities coordinator for the CDC in Phoenix, Ariz. The
total number of deaths from AIDS was
17, with 44 percentof them in California
and New York.
The age of the patients ranged from
17 to 53 years old.
"There is enough evidence to suggest
that despite the remoteness of many
Indian reservations, even those communicable diseases dependent upon
lifestyle for transmission will affect
Native Americans, and considerable
effort must be put into their identification, treatment and prevention,"
Johannes wrote in an IHS newsletter.
Burt on AIDS
By William C. Trott
United Press International
Burt Reynolds is still irked by rumors
that he has AIDS and credits girlfriend
Loni Anderson with helping him deal
with the reports.
"It's real difficult to have any dignity
and class when people are saying you're
dying of a disease and saying the things
they were saying about me," he says in
an interview that was to be broadcast
last week on "Hour Magazine."
"Loni was sensational. When they
write about this, somebody should write
about how much class and dignity she
had through it all.
"If, in fact, I had this dreaded disease,
then she should have it too, orfe would
think. Nobody ever talked about that.
Nobody asked her opinion. It was if she
In the meantime, Reeves said, prison
officials will initiate an informational
drive on AIDS within the prisons.
"We're launching a massive program
of education for inmates," Reeves said.
"It will be group education sessions and
we will utilize pamphlets and audio visual materials."
Cunningham and Reeves spoke with
reporters following a daylong TDC
seminar for about 400 prison medical
workers on the medical, ethical and
legal issues of AIDS in prisons. The
seminar is the first of several workshops the TDC will offer its personnel.
Fifteen TDC inmates have died after
developing acquired immune deficiency
syndrome, the latest this month. At
least five others have AIDS and 32 more
have tested positive for the AIDS virus.
Two suicides have also been reported
among inmates diagnosed with AIDS,
The TDC does not screen inmates for
the AIDS virus and does not routinely
isolate all AIDS patients, she said.
Currently, the TDC isolates only
those AIDS patients in high risks, such
as known homosexuals or intravenous
drug users, Reeves said.
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