Canadian prisons are not meeting their duty to limit spread of HIVBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7375.1262/b (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1262
- David Spurgeon
Canadian prisoners are up to 70 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the average Canadian, and known cases of HIV/AIDS in federal prisons have increased by more than 35% in four years, says a report by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
The prevalence of hepatitis C infection among prisoners is even higher, with 20% to 80% of prisoners infected, according to the source of the estimate, compared with about 0.8% in the general population.
Ralf Jurgens, the network's executive director, said that despite several studies and nearly 10 years of recommendations for urgent and pragmatic action, “some jurisdictions have …