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  • Situation Improving For HIV-Positive Individuals Detained at the United States Border

    Individuals with HIV who have been detained by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement are far more likely to be released having had some consultation about their health and steps to improve their outlook compared with those who were detained several years ago, according to new research presented the 2018 ID Week Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

    12 October 2018 | MD Magazine
  • Retention in HIV care drops after release from incarceration

    Fewer than half of people with HIV are retained in care three years after release from incarceration, according to a study in the U.S. published October 9 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Kelsey Loeliger of Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues. The findings also suggest that better access to health insurance and transitional case-management services may improve retention in HIV care and viral suppression in this population.

    10 October 2018 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • Failure to provide naloxone at the point of release for most prisoners is putting lives at risk

    Those leaving prison having had an opiate problem are seriously at risk of having a life-threatening overdose or dying as a result of one. Both Public Health England (PHE) and the government have been clear in their recommendation that all local areas need to have appropriate naloxone provision in place. However, prisons have so far failed to implement provision at the point of release across much of the estate, and this is putting lives at risk.

    11 July 2018 | Drink & Drug News
  • State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C

    State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments.

    09 July 2018 | Kaiser Health News
  • ‘Opt-out’ testing for HIV and hep C is seen as coercive by many prisoners

    A new study among people entering prison in the USA suggests ‘opt-out’ testing approaches for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) may need reconsideration.

    15 June 2018 | AVERT
  • A Day in the Life: Physician Cares for HIV-Positive Patients in Jail

    Every Tuesday Anne Spaulding MD works as a staff physician and infectious disease consultant at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. “It has turned out to be a really good fit for somebody who is interested in health disparities, infectious diseases, social justice issues, HIV, and hepatitis C,” Spaulding said of corrections medicine. “It has been a very good career path.”

    31 May 2018 | Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Canada reveals needle exchange programme in prisons

    Following pressure from activists, the Canadian Government announced two federal prisons will offer a needle exchange programme before a national roll-out.

    25 May 2018 | The Lancet (requires free registration)
  • EATG launches a report on access to HCV-related services in the penitentiary system in Europe

    Drawing on research on the state of access to services related to Hepatitis C in prison settings in Europe and Central Asia, which has highlighted major shortcomings across the countries as well as some promising practices in few countries, the European AIDS Treatment Group calls on national and prison authorities to scale up access to voluntary and confidential testing and counselling for people in detention.

    23 May 2018 | EATG
  • US Jail to Pay $27,500 to Inmate Who Was Isolated for Having HIV

    “Segregation of detainees with HIV in jails or prisons is unlawful” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    03 April 2018 | Poz
  • Blood-borne viruses in prison: guidelines launched for prevention, testing and treatment

    NAT (National AIDS Trust) has issued new guidelines to boost efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in prisons. Prevalence of BBVs such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are four times higher amongst people in prisons than in the general population. Hepatitis accounts for 93% of viral infections reported in prisons.

    11 December 2017 | NAT
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