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Large scale TB screening in prisons, jails can be done, should be done, researchers say

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A program that screened more than 7000 inmates for tuberculosis at four South Africa correctional facilities showed that a large number of inmates could be diagnosed with TB and quickly begin treatment in a setting where confronting the disease is widely considered critical to broader public health objectives, an article released today in Open Forum […]

A little human rights analysis, a little funding news, a little traditional medicine . . . We’re reading a little of everything on global HIV frontlines

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Access to HIV prevention in Rwandan prisons: Rwanda’s post-genocide government recognized the importance of meeting the needs of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable populations and built the right to health into its 2003 Constitution. This is all looking like good news, especially as the article goes on to describe how prisoners with HIV in […]

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]

More than a decade of countering disease and disaster in Haiti penitentiary yields results as donors turn attention to prisons

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The following is the first of a two-part feature on health and justice in a Haitian prison. Today Science Speaks looks at how a decade of work by an organization called Health through Walls has led to recognition of and responses to conditions there, with tools to diagnose tuberculosis among prisoners. When Dr. John May […]

WHO Bulletin review of TB and illicit drug use calls for five “urgent measures”

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Sharing drug equipment that includes water pipes, often living in close quarters, frequently imprisoned, and facing greater than average rates of other health conditions including alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, people who use illicit drugs have higher than average odds of getting tuberculosis infection and disease, with outbreaks of drug-resistant strains […]

Turn up the volume for an all-video edition of What We’re Reading . . .

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Turn up the volume  for these videos on issues that are often surrounded by silence: The reasons for rectal microbicides, the  neglected world of children with tuberculosis, the health consequences of overcrowded prisons, and how infectious diseases travel from prison to tourist when the realities of sex work are left out of an AIDS response. […]

AIDS is not over, turning a dream into reality, how to reduce sex work risks and more . . .

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AIDS is not over: All right, so maybe nobody said it was, but all the same the massive, “super-human” effort of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study in The Lancet December issue is a timely reminder that in the era of evolving and effective treatment, and talk of an AIDS-free generation, the disease continues […]

Why response to drug-resistant tuberculosis lags, deadly disease in Togo prisons, while science leaps money lags . . .

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Tuberculosis, Drug Resistance, and the History of Modern Medicine: From what may have been the first published randomized clinical drug trial, to  neglect when deaths declined in the affluent countries where “headlines are written,” to the widening fault lines that divided those who had to worry about tuberculosis, and those who could ignore it, to […]

Looking forward to AIDS 2012: First prisoner networking zone, the epidemic in context, getting HIV treatment to the most people and more . . .

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Justice in Prisons: Health Access, Treatment and Prevention at Prisoner Networking Zone Often coming from situations of the greatest risks for HIV, the dangers confronting prisoners are multiplied when, in overcrowded cells, lacking basic nutrition, health and hygiene and ability to protect themselves from infection, they are locked away, whether convicted or awaiting trial in […]