More Than Half of Russian Prisoners Ill, Many With HIV, TB
July 14, 2010
"Almost half of inmates in Russia's notorious prison system are ill, many infected with HIV or with tuberculosis, the country's Federal Prison Service said late Tuesday," Reuters reports. Out of 846,000 prisoners, 55,000 are infected with HIV and 40,000 inmates have tuberculosis, the article states. The news service also writes that the numbers highlight "the country's AIDS epidemic which Moscow blames on drug users who inject heroin from nearby Afghanistan." According to Reuters, "[h]ealth campaigners have also blamed Russian prisons for the emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis in recent decades, as inmates fail to complete courses of medication" (Ferris-Rotman, 7/14).
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