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Prisons: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will require the Health Protection Agency to modify its data-collection procedures to identify the number of cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in each prison and young offender institutions. [HL4326]

The department is working with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to improve disease surveillance in prisons and young offender institutions.

On the specific issue of identifying cases of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in prisons, the department and the HPA Centre for Infections are discussing a review of surveillance systems to determine if they can be amended to enhance prison reporting.