Three quarters of Russia's prisoners have serious diseases

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1066
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    Three quarters of prisoners in Russia have a serious disease such as tuberculosis and AIDS or another illness, the country's ministry of justice admitted last month.

    About 74 000 prisoners are infected with tuberculosis, 36 000 are HIV positive, 26 000 have syphilis, and 1500 have hepatitis, said Alla Kusnezowa, deputy director of the ministry's department …

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