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Johns Hopkins study links prisons and jails to HIV, hepatitis and TB epidemics

Johns Hopkins study links prisons and jails to HIV, hepatitis and TB epidemics

The cycling of inmates in and out of prisons and jails around the world contributes significantly to the global epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Inmates typically suffer from higher rates of those diseases, which spread more readily in crowded correctional facilities and then get passed to others on the outside when the inmates are released, the study found.

The study, "Global burden of HIV, viral hepatitis, and tuberculosis in prisoners and detainees," was published July 17 in The Lancet as part of a series of studies on HIV and prisoners.

Although the...

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