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HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support in Prison Settings: A Framework for an Effective National Response

14th August 2006

The purpose of this document is to provide a Framework for mounting an effective national response to HIV/AIDS in prisons that meets international health and human rights standards, prioritizes public health, is grounded in best practice, and supports the management of custodial institutions.

The Framework sets out a series of 11 principles and 100 actions for the treatment of prisoners and the management of prisons with the objectives of

1. Providing prisoners with prevention, care, treatment, and support for HIV/AIDS that is equivalent to that available to people in the community outside of prison.

2. Preventing the spread of HIV (and other infections) among prisoners, to prison staff, and to the broader community;

3. Promoting an integrated approach to healthcare within prisons to tackle wider public health issues, both through improvements in health care in general and through improvements in general prison conditions and management.

It also suggests concrete strategies for implementing the Framework at the national level.

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