High risk behaviour is common in prisons in Berlin

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1264a (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1264
  1. R Muller,
  2. K Stark,
  3. I Guggenmoos-Holzmann
  1. Senior biostatistician Medical research assistant Head of department Institute of Medical Statistics, Free University of Berlin, Benjamin Franklin Medical Centre, 12000 Berlin, Germany

    EDITOR,—The issue of 4 February provides important further evidence that injecting drug users in prisons are at high risk of acquiring parenterally transmitted diseases. In a recent study among 612 injecting drug users in Berlin 418 reported a history of imprisonment.1 Of these, 202 continued to inject while in prison and 152 of these started sharing needles during their imprisonment. Needle sharing in prison proved to be the most important risk factor for HIV infection as well as a major risk factor for infection with hepatitis B and C viruses (adjusted odds ratio 10.0, 1.7, and 9.8 respectively). …

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