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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.

Published
16 June 2015
From
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.

Published
16 June 2015
From
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Hepatitis C treatment for people in prison may be highly cost-effective in England

Reducing the duration of direct-acting antiviral treatment for hepatitis C will make treatment for people in prison in England highly cost-effective, and could provide an important opportunity

Published
21 May 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
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.

Published
07 April 2015
From
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.

Published
30 March 2015
From
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.

Published
30 March 2015
From
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.

Published
17 February 2015
From
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.

Published
07 August 2014
From
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.

Published
24 July 2014
From
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.

Published
23 July 2014
From
Human Rights Watch
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