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Murphy, M and Gaffney, K and Carey, O and Dooley, Enda and Mulcahy, Fiona (1992) The impact of HIV disease on an Irish prison population. International Journal of STD & AIDS , 3 , (6) , pp. 426-429.

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HIV infection and AIDS have posed unprecedented problems for prison authorities around the world. The first known HIV-infected prisoner in an Irish prison was identified in 1985. Between January 1987 and January 1991, 168 known HIV-infected prisoners were incarcerated in Mountjoy prison in Dublin, a figure representing 16.6% of the total HIV-infected population in the Republic of Ireland over the same period. Of these, 84% attended St Jamesís Hospital. They displayed considerable morbidity from HIV-related disease, mainly respiratory tract infection, although additional morbidity was directly due to intravenous drug use. A questionnaire was used to gather information on a representative sample of inmates. Of the 34 individuals studied, 29 were imprisoned for drug-related crimes, and 32 reported parenteral drug use within the prison. This study highlighted a number of important points relating to the burden of HIV disease on an Irish prison population.

Item Type:Article
Page Range:pp. 426-429
Publisher:Royal Society of Medicine Press
Notes:Reprinted with permission of The Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV

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