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Aids (Prisons)

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice in the form of booklets or medical instruction is given to prison officers who, in the course of their duties, may come into contact with inmates who have AIDS.

The staff training package "AIDS Inside", which has been in use since August 1987, includes a video film and a leaflet prepared by a committee of medical and other experts for the information of all prison service staff. For health care staff the most recent source of advice on safe practice is "Guidance for Clinical Health Care Workers: Protection Against Infection with HIV and Hepatitis Viruses" issued by the United Kingdom health departments in January this year. Such staff also receive training, where appropriate, in the clinical management and care of patients with AIDS and AIDS-related illness.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the known numbers of AIDS inmates held in prisons in England and Wales on 25 June.

On the date mentioned the prison population of England and Wales included 56 prisoners reported by medical officers as having been identified as HIV antibody positive. AIDS had been diagnosed in two of these cases.