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‘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.

Published
15 June 2018
From
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.”

Published
31 May 2018
From
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.

Published
25 May 2018
From
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.

Published
23 May 2018
From
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.

Published
03 April 2018
From
Poz
Treatment with extended-release naltrexone increases chances that HIV-positive prisoners will maintain viral suppression after release

Treatment with extended-release naltrexone is associated with improved viral suppression among HIV-positive prisoners, according to two US studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses

Published
13 March 2018
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
11 December 2017
From
NAT
In Prison, Women Are 9 Times More Likely to Be HIV-Positive

Systematic inequities are at the root of incarceration and HIV for women. The behaviors that lead women to incarceration and HIV are rooted in poverty, traumatic childhoods, and sexual and physical abuse at the hands of sexual partners, who are often at risk of HIV infection too.

Published
28 November 2017
From
The Nation
US: State and Federal Prisons See a Drastic Drop in HIV Rates

The estimated number of state and federal prisoners known to be HIV-positive is at its lowest since 1991, according to a report called "HIV in Prisons, 2015," released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Published
04 September 2017
From
HIV Plus
Substantial fall in Hepatitis C rates in Canberra's jail with new treatments

Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury on Friday released new figures showing how new drugs for the virus had helped reduce the number of Hepatitis C-positive inmates from 30% of the prison population in 2010 down to just three per cent this year.

Published
31 July 2017
From
The Canberra Times
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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