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Int J Public Health. 2008;53(5):268-71. doi: 10.1007/s00038-008-6014-8.

Detection and treatment of HIV and hepatitis virus infections in Swiss correctional facilities.

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Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction, Konradstrasse 32, P.O. Box 8031, Zurich, Switzerland. miriam.gerlich@isgf.uzh.ch

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the study was to obtain an overview on diagnostic and therapeutic activities concerning hepatitis A, B, C virus and HIV in Swiss prisons.

METHODS:

A standardized questionnaire was sent to 91 prisons in the German and Italian speaking parts in October 2004; 41 institutions (45%) answered the questionnaire.

RESULTS:

In almost all prisons serological examinations were not done routinely, but were provided when demanded by inmates or recommended by the medical service. Vaccination against hepatitis A or B infection and initiation of antiviral therapy was possible in most institutions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most of the prisons investigated offered diagnostic and antiviral treatment for hepatitis virus and HIV infections. A reported problem was the discontinuation of ongoing treatments or vaccination cycles after discharge. In some cases deficient funding was an obstacle.

PMID:
18820835
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-008-6014-8
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