<![CDATA[Michael B. Jackson, Author - Dear Michael B (Q&A)]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:08:45 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Wife Fears Disease From Soon Paroled Husband]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 03:23:29 GMThttp://jointfx.com/dear-michael-b-qa/wife-fears-disease-from-soon-paroled-husbandCheck Up
My husband is coming home soon and I am really happy and excited about it. He has been locked up for 5 and a half years. The thing is that I've heard a lot about the problems in prison with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and even parasites like body lice. I have been thinking that I would like for him to go to a doctor and get a physical check-up when he comes home. I'm talking about blood work, urine analysis, and the works. My problem is that I don't know how to ask him to get an exam. I don't want to offend him or make him self-conscious. He is not sick, that I know of, and he has not shown any symptoms of anything. Am I right to be concerned or am I just being too paranoid? Do they give inmates physical exams while they are in there or before they come home?

MBJ says:   There is a growing epidemic of infectious diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS in the prison systems and definitely a potential after-effect of the prison experience that can be deadly. Some prison systems vaccinate all inmates against infectious diseases. Some prison systems only vaccinate long-term inmates. Some states don't vaccinate at all. Most correctional systems have extremely poor care and treatment programs for inmates who have contracted these diseases.
You are very wise and have every right to be "paranoid" and concerned about your health risks. You not only have every right to ask him to get a physical, you have an obligation to make him get a physical - not only for your sake, but for his sake also.
Depending on his age and how long he has been in prison he may be long overdue for a complete physical check up. He should get checked for things like Diabetes, Heart Disease and Colon and Prostate Cancer. Let him know that they have a new prostate test that does not require the doctor sticking the rubber-gloved fingers up the rectum procedure. Most men can be sensitive about that procedure ˇ coming out of the joint and all. Unfortunately, the doctor will still have to go up there to check the colon. The good news is that he will be asleep for the colonoscopy. If you don't want to hurt his feelings, make an appointment and get checked up together.