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Female inmates have higher HIV infection rate

Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/25/06 http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=06a9d8170222a71f He shot my dog Ziggy for barking too much. I knew he would go after my son next.’ Victoria could rarely recall a time her boyfriend was not waving a gun in her face. One day, she shot him, six times. Being sexually abused by her brother, and later in life, by an uncle, turned Pam’s world upside down. Moving into a women’s shelter was the happiest day of her life. Mary’s husband, a high-risk drug user, was the skeleton in her closet. If she asked him to use a condom, he beat her. After what Sue Coe has seen and heard the past two weeks, the fact that it has driven her to start smoking again seems inconsequential. The acclaimed New York artist and author, along with Eric Avery, a University of Texas Medical Branch psychiatrist, has been listening to heart-rending stories told by six female inmates infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, at Texas City’s Young Medical Facility prison infirmary on Attwater Avenue.



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