Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/25/06 During the first five months of 2006, 480 inmates who were released from Texas prisons took more than just their hopes and dreams of starting a new life as they rejoined society. They also carried the virus that causes AIDS. As HIV infection rates continue to rise in the United States, medical professionals who care for the prisoners — the population with the country’s highest rate of infection — say more emphasis on prevention and education is needed to curb the epidemic of infection. The University of Texas Medical Branch has a managed care contract to provide medical services to the state correctional department, covering about 80 percent of inmates. Texas Tech University covers the remaining prison units. The state correctional system pays about $375 million a year for that managed care contract.