UN warning on Aids in prisons

2010-07-23 10:14

The UN’s top investigator on torture and punishment has warned that

overcrowded prisons are breeding grounds for Aids.

Manfred Nowak, who has visited detention facilities across the

world, says inmates are often held in inhumane conditions in which the HI-virus

is spread through the use of non-sterile drug injection equipment, sexual

contacts, tattooing and sharing of razors.

Nowak told an international Aids conference today that governments

should, among other things, inform prisoners of the risk of HIV infection, offer

free HIV testing and counselling, as well as provide needle and syringe

programmes and opiate substitution therapy.

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