HIV transmission and the care of prisoners with HIV/AIDS in African prisons is of serious concern, but our understanding is limited. This report aims to address this obstacle and inform on the situation of HIV transmission and the care of prisoners with HIV/AIDS in Malawi prisons.
The research was conducted for PRI by Dorothy Jolofani and Joseph DeGabriele, and focused on the three largest prisons in the country, namely Zomba Central Prison, Chichiri Prison (Blantyre) and Maula Prison (Lilongwe).
The report finds the two issues of transmission and care to be inseparable, as the poor conditions and overcrowding that lead to the rapid deterioration of most inmates also provide opportunity for the type of homosexual activity that is responsible for transmitting the virus within prison walls.
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