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Survey of French prison found that injecting drug use and tattooing occurred

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.777 (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:777
  1. M Rotily, Director of studies,
  2. C Delorme, Statistician,
  3. Y Obadia, Director,
  4. N Escaffre, Psychosociologist,
  5. A Galinier-Pujol, Head of medical unit
  1. Observatoire Régional de la Santé Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, 13006 Marseilles, France
  2. INSERM U 379, Institut Paoli Calmettes, 13009 Marseilles
  3. Centre Pénitentiaire de Marseille, 13009 Marseilles

    EDITOR—Injecting drug use in prison is common in several northern European countries,1 though the proportion of cases of AIDS attributable to injecting drug behaviour is higher in prisons in southeastern France (42%).2 In 1996 about a fifth of the 58 000 prisoners in French prisons were injecting drug users. A study in Marseilles prison (2000 prisoners) in 1992 estimated the seroprevalence of HIV to be 7.1% among male prisoners and 13.1% among female prisoners and showed it to be higher among people who had been in prison previously.3 We …

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