If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?


If you want to know what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, state prisons in Alabama or South Carolina in 2012 offer some tragic examples. —Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John writes in today’s Washington Post about conditions for HIV-positive prisoners in gaols in Alabama and South Carolina in the United States. Reading this, makes me feel very lucky that I don’t have to wander around with a white armband on, nor am I segregated from the rest of society because I am living with HIV.

I wonder how the Northern Ireland Prison Service copes with any prisoners who may be living with HIV. Who looks after them? Are condoms available in prison?

According to nam, condoms should be able to be prescribed if there is a risk of HIV transmission, but this is stated as being in England, Scotland, and Wales—so what about here?


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