In 2012, North Carolina counted at least 718 state prisoners with HIV or AIDS, the sixth-highest state total in the country. North Carolina trialed New York, Florida, Texas, California and Georgia.
The finding was one of several released this month in a report by the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics on the medical problems of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates. The study tracked numbers from 2010 and 2012.
Three states, including Illinois, didn't report their data on HIV or AIDS.
About 1 percent of prisoners and jail inmates who'd been tested for HIV reported being HIV positive.
The report offered several highlights, including:
—Prisoners and jail inmates were more likely than the general population to report a chronic condition or infectious disease. The same finding held true for each specific condition or infectious disease. (Chronic conditions include cancer, high blood pressure, stroke-related problems and diabetes, among other ailments.)
—40 percent of prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition
—High blood pressure was the most common chronic condition reported by prisoners (30 percent) and jail inmates (26 percent).
—The majority of prisoners (74 percent) and jail inmates (62 percent) were overweight, obese, or morbidly obese.