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Prisoners challenge government over HIV/AIDS treatment

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:167
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesberg

    South African prisoners with HIV/AIDS are going back to court in a bid to force the South African government, the health minister, and various parts of the Correctional Services Department to give effect to a court order compelling them to provide antiretroviral treatment for inmates who have AIDS.

    The group of prisoners is in a jail near Durban called the Westville Correctional Centre.

    Late last year, the Treatment Action Campaign and the AIDS Law Project applied urgently to the Durban High Court representing 15 named prisoners—but aimed at representing other prisoners in a similar situation in a class action law suit.

    The AIDS activists and prisoners …

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