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R.I.P. Kuwasi Balagoon

Kuwasi Balagoon was a member of the Black Liberation Army. Convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment after a bank expropriation in New York, he died of pneumocystis carninii pneumonia, an AIDS-related illness, on December 13, 1986.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

“Some groups of people who are at high risk of developing PCP may need to take a medication called TMP-SMX to prevent the illness from occurring. If your doctor thinks you are at risk for developing PCP, he or she might prescribe this medicine for you. TMP-SMX prophylaxis is currently recommended for all HIV-infected patients with CD4 < 350 cells / ┬ÁL.”

Since it was known that Kuwasi was HIV-positive during his incarceration, proper medical care would have entailed that his CD4 counts were monitored and preventative and/or treatment steps take as necessary.

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