Willingness to receive an HIV vaccine among incarcerated persons

Michelle Lally, Melissa Gaitanis, Snigdha Vallabhaneni, Steven Reinert, Kenneth Mayer, Gregory Zimet, Josiah Rich

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Background.: Once an HIV vaccine becomes available, high-risk adults will be a target population for vaccination, and HIV vaccination programs for inmates may be a public health priority. Nothing is known about U.S. inmates' willingness to accept an anticipated HIV vaccine while incarcerated. The goal of this study was to examine inmates' attitudes toward a potential HIV vaccine. Methods.: In 2002, we interviewed 153 male and female inmates at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) using a voluntary, anonymous survey. Results.: Ninety-three percent of inmates indicated they would be willing to receive a hypothetical HIV vaccine while incarcerated. Although 88% of inmates self-reported at least one HIV risk factor, only 20% perceived themselves to be at risk for HIV. Conclusion.: Once an HIV vaccine becomes available, HIV vaccination programs in the correctional setting need to become a public health priority. These would be well received by inmates in Rhode Island.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-405
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006


  • HIV Vaccine
  • Prisoners
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Vaccine acceptance

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Lally, M., Gaitanis, M., Vallabhaneni, S., Reinert, S., Mayer, K., Zimet, G., & Rich, J. (2006). Willingness to receive an HIV vaccine among incarcerated persons. Preventive Medicine, 43(5), 402-405. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.06.012