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Do jail inmates get tested for hiv once they arrive?

I used to work in the medical dept of a jail and no they do not test for AIDS when they arrive. Jails are usually short term housing anyways and have a huge turnover since all the people arrested for domestic violence, petty theft, DUI, etc go there so it would be way too costly to test people who go to jail. The only people who get tested is the people who will be there a while and say they have AIDS/HIV and need treatment. First the medical dept. will do a HIV test to confirm the diagnosis and get records from the inmates doctor in order to start treatment. Or if the inmate comes down for sick call and request an AIDS test and has a legitimate reason for wanting one they will do one.

If they do test inmates, the tests are confidential because of doctor/client privilege. However, if he has something serious like HIV, then he would have to register with the CDC. I doubt they would test for diseases like Herpes or HPV - they don't even test for those in the military unless specifically requested

All inmates upon initial at a reception center are tested for HIV and STD. That information is placed into their medical file so no matter where they go they will have history. This is all part of the reception process and to protect the worker.

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