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Disease Control: Prisons

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to conduct an anonymous blood-borne virus serosurvey in prisons; and if he will make a statement. (209104)

The Department has no plans to conduct an anonymous blood-borne virus serosurvey in prisons at this time.

The prevalence of infection with blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in ex- and current injecting drug users in the community is currently used as a proxy for infection rates in prisons. This method is sufficiently robust to ascertain the scope and scale of the problem we face in relation to BBV infection in prisoners.