The Danger of HIV Behind Bars

Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says global HIV prevalence among prisoners is up to 50 times higher than infection rates in the general population. The World Health Organization estimates that 0.8 percent of people aged 15-49 globally are living with HIV.

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