Man contends Illinois jail denied him HIV drugs

June 23, 2011 - 1:15 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections is investigating allegations that a man who spent a week in a county jail was denied his prescribed medications for HIV.

Arick (AYR'-ik) Buckles of Chicago says officials at the Bureau County Jail in Princeton told him the drugs cost too much. He says he asked for his medications repeatedly while in jail. He experienced diarrhea, fatigue and light-headedness without them.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sharyn Elman says an investigation began this week after the department received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACLU attorney John Knight says inadequate HIV treatment during incarceration is common, partly because of the high cost. Buckles' drugs cost more than $2,000 a month.

Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson hasn't responded to The Associated Press' request for comment.