HIV infection in prisons

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1264 (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1264

Most drug injectors stop injecting on entry to prison

  1. David Shewan,
  2. Margaret Reid,
  3. Alexander Macpherson,
  4. John B Davies
  1. Lecturer in psychology Research fellow Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA
  2. Research fellow Director Centre of Applied Social Psychology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1QE

    EDITOR,—To assess the wider implications of the recent outbreak of HIV infection in Glenochil prison1 2 it is important to refer to the situation in other prisons. Previous research in Scottish prisons indicates the following basic principles: the extent and pattern of injecting and needle sharing vary among prisons; that most people who inject before imprisonment stop injecting when they enter prison; and …

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