India: Campaigners urge check on spread of HIV

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:280

Prisoners in India are not tested for specific infectious diseases, although all prisoners undergo a medical examination when they begin their sentence. No studies of the prevalence of viral infections among prison inmates have been done at a national level.

Studies in selected state prisons over the past two years, however, have prompted health authorities and lawyers in India to campaign for medical policies to check the spread of HIV. India's National AIDS Control Organisation has a committee that is looking into the legal and ethical aspects of HIV infection and is also expected …

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