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The impact of HIV disease on an Irish prison population.

Creator:

M Murphy, K Gaffney, O Carey, Enda Dooley, Fiona Mulcahy

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

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.

Date:

01/01/1992

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

M Murphy, K Gaffney, O Carey, Enda Dooley, Fiona Mulcahy. (1992) The impact of HIV disease on an Irish prison population. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/66601 [Accessed: 17th July 2019].

  

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