Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

News Briefs
HIV Outbreak Hits Lithuanian Prisons

May 28, 2002

Lithuania's interior ministry set up a special commission to respond to an HIV outbreak in the country's prisons after initial tests showed that about one-third of prisoners may have the virus. The country's AIDS center announced last week that 87 out of 346 prisoners tested in Alytus prison were HIV-positive -- more than the 72 new HIV cases registered throughout all Lithuania in 2001. Results of tests from another 600 prisoners from the same prison are expected within days, and officials are hesitant to speculate whether the trend may hold throughout the total prison population of 11,000. Lithuania has had one of the lowest HIV infection rates in Europe, with only 361 registered cases among its 3.4 million people to date.

Back to other CDC news for May 28, 2002

Previous Updates

Excerpted from:
Agence France Presse

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:

General Disclaimer: is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.