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Secluded, caged and neglected but at high risk: Inmates HIV/AIDS high-risky behaviour in selected prisons in Nigeria

Lanre Ikuteyijo, Obafemi Awolowo University
Joshua Aransiola, Obafemi Awolowo University
Olusina Bamiwuye, Obafemi Awolowo University
Rotimi Adewale, Obafemi Awolowo University

Inmates are highly susceptible to HIV/AIDS not only for the fact that they are incarcerated but particularly because of some unwholesome allegiances they have been exposed to. Despite this, they have been marginally researched or focused for HIV intervention programs. This paper presents self assessment of in-mates to HIV infection as well as the extent of their risky behaviour. Covering a total of 341 inmates in Nigeria prisons, the study found that the level of awareness among inmates is low. Despite their incarceration, they are involved in series of high-risk practices including sharing of razors, incisions, and confirmed cases of homosexual practices. The study concludes that in-mates are high risk group that need attention on HIV/AIDS issues.

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Presented in Poster Session 2