Topic: Health & Wellness /
do we need to increase HIV prevention in prison?
A big proportion of those in prison are infected with infectious diseases, such as TB, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. Prison administrations have a responsibility to those who come into prison, prisoners especially, but also staff and visitors, to ensure that they are not exposed to danger of infection. A failure to manage these situations will mean that they become community health problems as a result of contact between the prison and wider society, through staff and visitors, and as a result of the final release of the prisoners. Therefore prisons must provide proper screening and counseling of such inmates and Prison staff. The most important arrangement is that of segregating the infected inmates to avoid further spread of the communicable diseases. furthermore a law also needs to be enacted which allows the inmates of either sex to have a conjugal meeting with their spouses, once in three months- in a separate accommodation- within the prison premises and for three consecutive days.