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HIV positive man starts legal action in Zimbabwe to ensure prisoners receive right drugs

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6194 (Published 13 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6194
  1. Ryan Truscott
  1. 1Mutare

An HIV positive man in Zimbabwe has filed an application in the Supreme Court to try to force prison authorities to allow detainees who are HIV positive to receive the antiretroviral drugs that they require.

Douglas Muzanenhamo was arrested in Harare in February 2011 along with 44 other students and rights activists while watching DVDs about the Arab Spring at the offices of the local chapter of the International Socialist Organisation, an organisation that operates legally in Zimbabwe. He was detained for nearly three weeks on charges of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe.

Police first refused to allow Muzanenhamo to contact his family to ask them to bring him his antiretroviral drugs. When …

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