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November 19, 2002

HIV AND HEP C ON THE RISE IN F

A new report prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Network says the number of cases of HIV in federal prisons has risen by 35 per cent in the past five years, compared to a 30 per cent drop in the general population in the same time period. The rate of hepatitis C in prisons is now 30 to 100 times higher than on the outside.

The HIV/AIDS Legal Network prepared the 90-page report with funding from Health Canada. It calls the problem a major public health crisis. To see and hear CBC reporter Maureen Brosnahanís story about the report click here. You can read the report in its entirety by clicking here.

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