Letters

Testing in prison is uncommon

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1265a (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1265
  1. Helen Maguire,
  2. Karl Birthistle,
  3. David Carrington,
  4. Tom McManus
  1. Consultant epidemiologist Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE
  2. Senior registrar in virology Consultant virologist Tooting Public Health Laboratory, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0QT
  3. Consultant in genitourinary medicine King's Healthcare, Directorate of Genitourinary Medicine, Caldecot Centre, London SE5 9RS

    EDITOR,—We agree with O Noel Gill and colleagues that there are difficulties in measuring the incidence of HIV infection acquired in prison.1 Reasons for this include the fact that acute HIV infection may be asymptomatic and that a pattern of repeated short prison sentences is not conducive to the detection of new infections. We appreciate the confidential nature of information about imprisonment and the problems …

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