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The prevalence of HIV and hepatitis C in individuals leaving prison and entering drug and alcohol treatment services
  1. Helen Williams1,
  2. David Axten1,
  3. Fiona Makia1,
  4. Edmund Naylor1,
  5. Oscar Leonard1,
  6. Alastair Teague1,
  7. Michael Kelleher2,
  8. Julie Fox1
  1. 1Harrison Wing, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helen Williams, Harrison Wing, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK; zchard7{at}

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The prevalence of both HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) are higher in prisons than in the general population. Unfortunately, testing rates in prisons are low, and as such, ex-prisoners may represent an undiagnosed pool of infection. Lambeth has the highest rate of HIV in the UK and represents 28% of HIV infections in London. Furthermore, in 2009, Brixton Prison estimated that …

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