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Free to Live Well with HIV in Prison


The aim of this project is to educate 1,400 inmates, and increase awareness of HIV prevention and testing.

To help achieve this goal, an additional objective is to provide education regarding HIV related issues to 50 percent of prison police, sanitary and other staff; to ensure understanding at all levels.

Finally, in each of the ten prisons involved, the project will aim to identify and train two new inmate peer-educators, as well as carrying out HIV testing amongst 620 inmates.

The long term aim of the project:

  • Ten prisons to provide ongoing HIV education and testing following the conclusion of the project.
  • Provide treatment and monitoring for all people living with HIV (PLHIV), which will include establishing a link with an infectious disease clinic outside of the prison. This will allow inmates to receive ongoing care when they leave the prison system.



Key Facts

  1. HIV in prisons (2017) Available at: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hivaids/policy/policy-guidance-for-key-populations-most-at-risk2/hiv-in-prisons (Accessed: 24 February 2017).
  2. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Thematic report: Prisoners. Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2012 Progress Report. Stockholm: ECDC; 2013.