ACLU files suit over Ala. prison HIV policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections on behalf of inmates diagnosed with HIV.

HIV-positive men are only allowed to be housed at Limestone Correction Facility and are segregated from the general population. Women prisoners who have HIV are required to live in a separate dormitory at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka.

Alabama and South Carolina are the only two states in the United States that still segregate HIV inmates.

Reports indicated that Alabama Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas says the state has no intentions of changing the policy.

Thomas says sexual contact and intravenous drug use are present in the prison system and both can transmit the virus.

The state has asked to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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