14 Feb 2006

Calls for Fiji prisoners to undergo compulsory testing for HIV/AIDS

12:40 pm on 14 February 2006

There's been a call for all prisoners in Fiji to undergo compulsory testing for HIV/AIDS.

A medical officer for the Suva, Naboro and Nasinu prisons, Doctor Aiyas Saleem, says prisoners are at risk unless compulsory tests are done.

The Fiji Times also quotes Dr Saleem as saying they should be tested before entering prison, and if positive, they should be isolated and treatment begun, otherwise the safety of prisoners and prison officers cannot be guaranteed.

The calls were made in a report to the parliamentary sector committee on the Prison and Corrections Bill.

Dr Saleem says there's currently no provision in the bill to separate prisoners who test positive for HIV/AIDS.