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  • Hepatitis C screening of prison inmates would benefit wider community, be cost-effective

    The benefits of screening prison inmates for infection with the hepatitis C virus and treating those who test positive for the infection would extend far beyond the prison population.

    24 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Europe’s response to HIV: ECDC reports identify key areas for action

    In a set of reports published today, ECDC gives an overview on how European countries have been responding to the HIV epidemic since 2004 based on the commitments as outlined in the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia.

    15 September 2015 | ECDC
  • Botswana prisons: Foreign inmates win case for free HIV treatment

    Botswana's court of appeal has upheld a ruling that foreign prisoners should receive free treatment for HIV/Aids, rights lawyers say.

    28 August 2015 | BBC
  • The missing link in new US AIDS strategy

    President Barack Obama has announced a National HIV/AIDS strategy designed to carry the country’s policy through to 2020. The updated policy, positive in many ways, lacks one crucial element: the criminal justice system’s role in fueling HIV and AIDS.

    20 August 2015 | The Hill
  • Hepatitis cases responsible for 93% of prison disease reports

    The increase in reports reflects significant improvements in testing for hepatitis and other blood borne viruses (BBV) in prisons, which in a major change is moving from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ policy to help reduce transmissions.

    16 June 2015 | Public Health England press release
  • Prisoners Sue Massachusetts for Withholding Hepatitis C Drugs

    In the latest example of how the high price tags for hepatitis C drugs are limiting use in some of the most infected populations, two inmates in Massachusetts state prisons have filed a lawsuit accusing the state prison system of failing to provide the drugs to most infected prisoners.

    16 June 2015 | Wall Street Journal (blog)
  • Prison methadone reduces HIV risk behaviours

    Maintenance prescribing of drugs like methadone to heroin-dependent prisoners seems to reduce injecting and the sharing of injecting equipment, but no study has yet tested whether these changes lead to the expected reduction in HIV infections. Despite this promising if scarce evidence, such programmes are under attack for squandering the chance for prisoners to break free of opiate-type drugs.

    07 April 2015 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Activists Protest Denial of Condoms to Africa’s High-Risk Groups

    With restrictions blocking the distribution of condoms in schools and prisons in Africa, health experts say the continent’s opportunity to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS in line with the U.N. Millennium Development Goals may be squandered.

    30 March 2015 | Inter Press Service
  • World first trials for hepatitis C wonder drug in Sydney's maximum security jails

    Two of NSW's maximum security jails are the location for a world-first trial of a new wonder drug that could stop the spread of the blood-borne disease hepatitis C through the prison populations.

    30 March 2015 | Sydney Morning Herald
  • South Africa: Pledge to turn tide in the war on TB

    A massive tuberculosis screening programme to the tune of half a billion rand will begin next month, covering three areas of society most vulnerable to the disease, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday at a briefing held in Pretoria. Every prisoner in the country will be screened for tuberculosis from next month. If inmates test positive, their families will be tracked and also tested for the disease. There are over 150,000 prisoners in South Africa.

    17 February 2015 | Times Live
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