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October 4, 2009

Three-quarters of HIV-positive US prisoners stop anti-HIV drugs after release from jail

"Few HIV-positive prisoners in the US continue to take HIV treatment once they are released from jail, Canadian and US investigators report in the online journal PLoS One.

"'We are concerned about the deleterious effects of intermittent therapy in light of the SMART data and the possibility of the development of resistance', comment the investigators.

"They continue, 'our study…highlights the need to support continuous antiretroviral therapy and the importance of continuity of care services for HIV infected persons who enter the cycle of incarceration.'

"HIV is a significant health problem in US prisons especially as it has been estimated that up to a quarter of HIV-positive individuals in the US will be imprisoned at some point."

Read more in Aidsmap, October 2, 2009.