Innovation through Crisis

Dr Janet Weston discusses the complexities of Ireland getting to grips with HIV and AIDS during the mid -1990s, and the services for injecting drug users in Mountjoy prison.

AIDS 2016 and Condoms for Prisoners

Dr Janet Weston considers how little progress has been made since the 1980s in addressing the problem of HIV and related infections among prisoners.

HIV/AIDS in Prisons, 1980-2000

Janet Weston

The emergence of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s presented particular challenges for prison medicine. Prison populations were quickly identified as having high rates of infection and of high-risk behaviours, and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation repeatedly called on governments to take action.