Hep-C Plagues Cons: 75 percent of Females Infected at Edmonton Institution for Women
February 16, 2001
Prisoner advocacy groups are alarmed at the high rate of hepatitis C infection being reported the female prisoner population at the Edmonton Institution for Women in Canada. According to reports, 75 percent of the inmates at the facility have tested positive for the virus. Prison spokesperson Audrey Hatto said that 12 of the 67 women have tested HIV-positive and 50 have tested positive for hepatitis C. Hatto said the facility is working with prisoners to help handle their disease and avoid further transmission as many will eventually re-enter society. One significant breakthrough for the prison and its efforts has been an upward turn in the number of prisoners volunteering to undergo testing; previously, about half of the women refused to undergo testing.Adapted from:
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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.