A study of the health care provision, existing drug services and strategies operating in prisons in ten countries from Central and Eastern Europe

The European committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (cpt) sets out guidelines for treating problematic drug and alcohol users, both of which are at greater risk of contracting HIV and other infectious diseases. Often, as a result of drugs misuse prio...

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Published in:Publication series
Main Author: MacDonald, Morag (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
Published: Helsinki European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) 2005
In:Publication series
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Summary:The European committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (cpt) sets out guidelines for treating problematic drug and alcohol users, both of which are at greater risk of contracting HIV and other infectious diseases. Often, as a result of drugs misuse prior to incarceration, inmates are already carrying infectious diseases. However, the implementation of services to treat HIV/AIDS and drugs misuse both within prisons and in the community varies and is subject to a country’s socio-economic circumstances, cultural attitudes towards HIV and drugs and existing resources. Prevention and treatment initiatives must overcome many cultural barriers relating to attitudes towards sex, especially homosexual activity, as well as providing enough resources to deal effectively with the problem this may determinewhether or not preventative measures (e.g., clean needles, condoms) are in place and to what extent they, along with sexual activity and tattooing, will impact on the risk levels of spreading infectious diseases. The prevalence of sexual activityin prisons needs to be acknowledged and addressed in order to prevent further infection within prisons and subsequently in the wider community.
Physical Description:1 Online-Ressource (195 Seiten)
DOI:10.15496/publikation-24092