AIDS and Family Life We Still Climbin': HIV/AIDS-Infected African-American and Latino Parolees and Their Female Partners Doing Re-Entry

Laura T. Fishman, University of Vermont

ABSTRACT
My paper complements research on parole performance of prisoners by addressing how re-entry from prison presents both HIV/AIDS-infected African-American and Latino parolees and their female partners with problems in status transition as well as new stresses stemming from the men's HIV/AIDS status. Given this, my paper explores how these parolees and their female partners perceive each others' reactions to the virus and the ways in which they together confront the difficulties of re-entry. Since this paper concerns men's and their female partners' subjective perceptions and assessments of their experiences, it is based on the administration of in-depth unstructured interviews to HIV/AIDS-infected African-American and Latino parolees who have been released from upstate New York prisons and their female partners who reside in New York City. My findings offer a window of opportunity into identifying a constellation of factors that exert considerable influence on how parolees and their female partners simultaneously handle the virus and the stressors associated with parole in a manner beneficial to themselves and to each other.

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