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Zambia releases prisoners with HIV.

Type
Published Article
Journal
AIDS analysis Africa
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1995
Volume
5
Issue
5
Pages
1–1
Identifiers
PMID: 12290450
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

A spokesperson for the Zambia Prison Service has said that prisoners with AIDS are being released due to the spread of AIDS in prisons. Zambian law permits the release of inmates who are terminally ill. A medical examination is required before admission to prisons. If AIDS is detected, the prison authorities recommend release. In 1995 10 prisoners were released, but a number are awaiting approval for release. The exact number of inmates with AIDS is not known but is thought to be very large. Public concern centers on the transfer of an AIDS population to larger society. The deputy chairman of the Family Life Movement disagrees with the release of criminals because the action does not prevent AIDS transmission. Many ordinary citizens, however, are tolerant. One Lusaka resident agreed with the release because prison conditions are uninhabitable for even the healthy. Another agreed because the ill are usually bedridden and hence are not a danger. A school teacher disapproved, saying that society had already suffered the crimes of the offenders and should not now be victims of their AIDS transmission.

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