United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Prisons as centers of mass HIV infection: improving the safety and health standards of inmates and free citizens after convicts releasing

UNODC is a branch of UN that fights against illicit drugs and international crime and also tries to convince that drug addiction and all related issues are health problem, not a felony. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

Prisons are undoubtedly centers which bring together all of the pathological behaviors (in every sense of this word). According to adage “ every country has its own customs”, prisons in different European countries have different safety and health standards. Drug addiction, tattooing, random homosexual relations with no contraception, rapes are few of those behaviors that lead to spreading of Human Immunodeficiency Virus also known as HIV- still one of the most dangerous viruses of XXI century.

Every delegate of UNODC should also note the fact that not only life of convicts is endangered but also life of innocent people that have contact with them after their releasing.Honourable Ambassadors! The world, health and safety of both: prisoners and free people is up to you!

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