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Denmark: Opinion is divided

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:280

The spread of HIV infection and hepatitis among prisoners in Denmark is a serious problem, according to the chief physician in the prison service, Dr Knud Christensen. The guiding social principle that there should be no compulsory screening for such infections, no formal registers, and no totally unlinked testing means, however, that there are no reliable figures on prevalence.

There is a division of opinion over how to deal with the problem, and prison warders are currently opposing a proposal to make chlorine disinfectant available in prisons. Between a quarter and a …

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