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HIV/AIDS

23 July 2010

Prisons a hotspot for Aids

Prisons are excellent breeding grounds for HIV, enabling the Aids virus to propagate swiftly and stealthily, yet many options exist for tackling the problem.

Prisons are excellent breeding grounds for HIV, enabling the Aids virus to propagate swiftly and stealthily, yet many options exist for tackling the problem, the world Aids conference heard.

Katherine Todrys, who carried out a study for Human Rights Watch in six Zambian prisons, said that country did not even have a programme to test newly-admitted inmates for HIV. "Currently there is no health screening whatsoever (for them)," she said.

 

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