Dramatic drop in HIV rates among US prisoners
There has been a significant drop in new HIV infections in one area of US public life.
Federal and state run prisons have seen the HIV rates fall dramatically, according to new figures.
The number of both state and federal prisoners with HIV at the end of 2015 was the lowest since 1991.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 17,150 prisoners were HIV-positive at the end of 2015.
Deaths from AIDS related complications are down in state prisons.
There were 73 such deaths recorded in 2010, however in the latest figures for 2015 the number was down to 45.
In federal prisons, deaths have been less than 10 between 2010 and 2015.
Between men and women, cases dropped 14% and 31% between each respectively from 2010 to 2015 among all prisoners.
The stats follow falls recorded in Europe’s largest sexual health clinic.
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