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Germany: Approach varies widely between states

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:282

Estimates suggest that between 1% and 3% of prisoners in Germany may be HIV positive and that many of those probably became infected while in jail. Prisons in Germany are not supervised by the federal government but are managed by the 16 German states. Medical policy and practice therefore vary considerably.

Health experts from all the German states met for the first time in Bonn last year to discuss a common approach to dealing with drugs and infectious disease in prisons. Their report has not yet been published.

Only sporadic data …

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