People in prisons and other closed settings

Prisoner holding a brochure on HIV

Prisons are key points of contact with millions of individuals living with or at risk of HIV. Globally, an estimated 9 million people are incarcerated per year. Prisons form high risk settings due to:

- Higher rates of HIV in prisons than in the community
- High prevalence of risk behaviours such as injecting drug use, sharing of injecting equipment and unprotected sexual activity
- Documented cases of HIV outbreaks in prisons
- High turnover of populations.

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HIV/AIDS Department
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CH-1211 Geneva 27

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