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AIDS Info Sought

Hi, my name is Jeannie Pejko and I am a former prisoner, having spent five years in Dwight Penitentiary in Illinois. I live in Chicago and work with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT Up), an organization fighting to end the AIDS crisis. ACT Up/Chicago's Prison Issues Committee is currently working to put pressure on the state of Illinois to improve its AIDS services in state prisons. An integral part of our carnpaign is gathering input and information from prisoners. I would greatly appreciate it if you would write to me and let me know what the situation is in your prison.

Any information you have about AIDS in prison will be useful, particularly about education prograrns, support groups, prisoner led programs, drug treatment programs, medical care, pre-release programs, etc. We are interested in the availability of medical treatment and in how prisoners with HIV/AIDS are treated by other prisoners and by staff. We can also provide prisoners with inforrnation on safer sex and medical treatment issues. Please let me know if there is any particular information you need and I'll do my best to get it to you. Confidentiality in all areas will be respected of course. Write:

Jeannie Pejko
4624 N. Hamlin
Chicago, IL. 60625

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