Illinois: Stop Denying HIV/AIDS Medications to Prisoners
  • Petitioned S.A. Godinez

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Illinois Department of Corrections
S.A. Godinez
Advanced Correctional Healthcare
CEO, Advanced Correctional Healthcare
Norman Johnson
Bureau County Jail
Sheriff John Thompson
Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois: Stop Denying HIV/AIDS Medications to Prisoners

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

Arick Buckles, a 39-year-old Illinois resident, spent a week in Bureau County Jail recently for some bad checks that were written several years ago. Buckles, who has since turned his life around and become a public health advocate on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients, alleges that while in jail for a week, officials with the Bureau County Jail and the Illinois Corrections system refused to give him necessary HIV/AIDS medications -- life-saving medications that help HIV/AIDS patients manage their health.  

Moreover, when Advanced Correctional Healthcare (the entity that manages health care administration for prisons in Illinois) was approached about Buckles' allegation, the CEO had the audacity to say that denying HIV/AIDS medications from HIV-positive inmates is no big deal.

"It’s not the end of the world," said CEO Norman Johnson. "They’re not suddenly going to crash and burn."

Public health advocates disagree. Experts from Northwestern University have said that forcing HIV/AIDS inmates to skip medications for a period of time could have catastrophic health effects, reinvigorating the virus and leaving patients more prone to heart attacks and future drug resistance. 

Advocates are now calling on the corrections system in Illinois to put together a comprehensive plan to deal with the health care of HIV-positive inmates. Join them by calling on Advanced Correctional Healthcare to apologize for their inflammatory and bogus statement that "missing HIV/AIDS medications doesn't matter," and by urging the statewide Department of Corrections to internally audit how it administers medications to HIV-positive inmates. 

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    Reasons for signing

    • J M OXNARD, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This practice is barbaric and MUST end!

    • Richard Randolph DENVER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      HIV medication is ..."No big deal". You have got to be kidding. Stop your insanity right now and consult with the top Immunology doctors in your town. You have much to learn.

      • about 3 years ago

      If you got HIV/AIDS it is a scary thing i know it because i read books about it and also do research about it. And to deny anyone of any of any treatment is wrong and selfish and has no respect for human life. even if they are behind bars that is still cruel in my opinion.

    • Jo Ann Valadez VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Would they allow a diabetic to go without insulin? Probably not, so what's the difference? If a person is on medication, there should NEVER be a reason to deny their right as a human being to receive their treatment. If being in jail is the punishment, then that is where is should stop.

    • Anna Buffas NOME, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      Strongly believe in putting yourself in others shoes.


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