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Scotland: Learning from experience

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:279

A range of measures has been introduced in Scottish prisons in response to an outbreak of HIV infection that was spread by the sharing of contaminated drug injecting equipment in one of Scotland's jails. Thirteen prisoners who shared injecting equipment with an HIV positiveinmate at Glenochil jail in 1993 have been found to be infected.

This is the first recorded incident of HIV infection being transmitted inside a British jail, and it led to prisons throughout Scotland being supplied with sterilising tablets to allow inmates to clean needles and syringes. Every prisoner is now given …

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