Prisons need better drug treatment programs to control infectious diseases

The Conversation, July 15, 2016 10.56am AEST

Worldwide, around 30 million people enter and leave prison each year. Of these people, around 4.5 million have hepatitis C, almost 1 million have HIV and 1.5 million have hepatitis B infections.

In many countries, prisons are underfunded and overcrowded, and injecting drug use is common. Those who enter prison uninfected are at risk of becoming infected, as few countries provide the range of prevention programs required to halt transmission inside.

Once detained, prisoners are often denied access to life-saving treatment for these infections.

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  • Read HIV, prisoners, and human rights from The Lancet here

 

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Free LGBTIQ advocacy workshop

Human Rights Law Centre, SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, SHine SA

Do you want to help turn promises of LGBTIQ reform into a reality?

Are you keen to have your voice heard in the campaign for marriage equality?

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Making Change Happen will inspire you to do just that. Hear from renowned rights advocate Anna Brown, along with other expert presenters for a panel discussion, and attend your choice of practical skills workshops.

Presenters include:

  • Niki Vincent, SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Anna Brown, Human Rights Law Centre
  • Dae Levine, Stakeholder Director, Australians for Equality
  • Sam Parton, Consultant in OaaS -Telstra Business

Special Guest Chair: Peter Goers, Evening Show, 891 ABC Adelaide

Saturday 29 October 2016 time 10am – 12pm

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HIV/Syphilis Co-infection Forum – free event

Are you a doctor? Nurse? Medical student? Health practitioner? Community worker? Or just interested in Sexual health?

Come to SAMESH’s HIV/Syphilis Co-infection Forum!

Speakers:

  • Dr Russell Waddell
  • Dr Carole Khaw
  • Dr James Ward
  • Dr Nicola Chynoweth

Free event: networking, drinks and nibbles

On Thursday 6 October from 3.00 – 5.00 pm

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Sexual age of consent standardised to age 16 by Queensland government

The Age,

The legal age for consensual anal sex in Queensland has been lowered to 16 years, in line with other consensual sexual activity, and the word “sodomy” removed from the Criminal Code.

The Queensland Parliament voted to remove the longstanding source of discrimination in Queensland’s Criminal Code on Thursday night.

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Evidence that “on-demand” PrEP taken before and after sex can prevent HIV

How many doses of Truvada-based PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) are needed to provide adequate protection against HIV? Might it be possible to take PrEP only before and after sex—instead of every day?

A recent article published in The Lancet HIV provides insight into this very question.

  • Read more here
  • Access Lancet HIV abstract here (for full text please see your librarian)

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