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  • 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
  • Why the Hepatitis Cure Sovaldi Is a Budgetary Disaster for Prisons

    There is only one group in the United States with a constitutional right to medical care: prisoners. That is why the introduction of an expensive new drug to treat hepatitis C is forcing prison administrators to begin wrestling with a big dilemma — save their budgets or treat their inmates.

    07 August 2014 | New York Times
  • Maximizing the benefits of antiretroviral therapy for key populations

    “Maximizing the benefits of ART for key populations” grew out of discussions between the Key Affected Populations and Treatment as Prevention Working Groups of the International AIDS Society. The two groups agreed that given the rapidly changing treatment and prevention landscape in HIV, there was a need to consider a range of issues affecting treatment access, prevention choices, and the implications of new guidelines for key populations.

    24 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • In The HIV Response, Who is ‘Hard to Reach’?

    We have found that it is not the individuals at risk of HIV infection who are hard to reach. It’s the politicians and policymakers who adopt ideological rather than evidence-based programs. But HIV researchers too seem to be hard to reach at times, failing to investigate political determinants of health, and the impact of laws, policies, and enforcement on HIV vulnerability and access to care.

    23 July 2014 | Human Rights Watch
  • Russia's HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons

    Russia is home to the world's most explosive HIV epidemic, with an estimated 1.2 million infections accounting for 55 percent of the total number in Europe.

    15 July 2014 | The Moscow Times
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