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Another Hep C case at the prison

By johnboy - 1 December 2011 48

The Greens have the news (suspiciously timed to coincide with World Aids Day) that another prisoner has contracted hepatitis C, thus strengthening calls for a needle exchange:

“The concerning news that an inmate at the AMC has contracted Hepatitis C, demonstrates once again the urgent need for an NSP at the AMC.”

“By not having an NSP we are placing the lives of inmates at risk, along with the health and safety of all AMC staff. We are also failing to recognise the ongoing impacts a virus such as Hep C has on the lives of those who contract it and their families,” Ms Bresnan said.

On 15 July 2010 the ACT Greens released a discussion paper outlining evidence and reviewing international examples of NSPs in prisons.

“That was nearly a year and a half ago, and we are still debating the issue. We are allowing prisoners to contract this debilitating virus when we could be doing something to prevent this from happening.

“It’s time we looked at what is evidence-based practice and listened to the chorus of individuals, organisations and health professionals calling for an NSP to be trialled in the ACT’s prison.

“On World AIDS day today, it is timely for everyone to remember the seriousness of blood borne viruses.

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48 Responses to
Another Hep C case at the prison
Jim Jones 4:30 pm 01 Dec 11

Gullible enough to realise a connection between the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and needle sharing?

How is that ‘gullible’?

Waiting For Godot 3:41 pm 01 Dec 11

How convenient. The news is released on World AIDS Day and there just happens to be a half page ad paid for by the AIDS Action Council in today’s CT calling for a needle and syringe program to be introduced in the AMC.

I don’t think anybody will be so gullible to fall for this one.

Proboscus 3:28 pm 01 Dec 11

Jim Jones said :

Proboscus said :

And even if the latest criminal has contracted Hep C in the jail – who really cares?

You’re a real humanitarian.

No, Sagittarian.

Proboscus 3:19 pm 01 Dec 11

Kayellar said :

Proboscus said :

I suppose however, if we used your logic, we shouldn’t care if anyone who chooses to consumer fast food or drinks soft drink develops Type 2 diabetes, or dies of heart disease… afterall, they apparently know all the risks and therefore deserve to develop those debilitating conditions (or as you say, ‘shithouse life)![/quote>

No – I don’t care if fat, sweaty, soap dodging men and women want to stuff their faces with fast food and soft drink and develop diabetes or heart disease.

I shouldn’t be responsible for what other people shove in their mouth or up their arm. However, if you and the other hippies want to sponsor a junkie (or fatty) – go right ahead.

Jim Jones 3:15 pm 01 Dec 11

Proboscus said :

And even if the latest criminal has contracted Hep C in the jail – who really cares?

You’re a real humanitarian.

Kayellar 3:01 pm 01 Dec 11
Kayellar 3:01 pm 01 Dec 11

Proboscus said :

I’m more interested in seeing the Hepatitis figures from before junkies had access to free needles in the community, and comparing them to today, to really see if the tax-payer funded needle exchange system is reversing Hep C in the population.

Sorry this doesn’t go back as the 1980’s, but the Annual Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia by the Kirby Institute (formerly NCHECR: National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) between pages 14-22 you might be able to glean some rational data rather than meaningless sweeping statements…

I suppose however, if we used your logic, we shouldn’t care if anyone who chooses to consumer fast food or drinks soft drink develops Type 2 diabetes, or dies of heart disease… afterall, they apparently know all the risks and therefore deserve to develop those debilitating conditions (or as you say, ‘shithouse life)!

johnboy 1:38 pm 01 Dec 11

Well I uploaded it to google, so I can promise your timestamp analysis isn’t right.

The story was in the CT this morning, but I don’t know where they were getting their information from because they don’t acknowledge their sources.

The Greens media release on the other hand is a primary source so I went with that.

qbngeek 1:35 pm 01 Dec 11

Special G said :

Contracting Hep C by needle sharing is voluntary as far as I am concerned. They know the risks and yet still choose to engage in illegal conduct. The one who contracted it should get a longer stay for breaching the rules and using drugs whilst in jail.

Lock downs for those who fail drug tests until they are clean. If they really want to stop them contracting Hep C they need to address the drug use issue. Stop using drugs = no Hep C.

Wwwaaaaiiiiitttttt for it…….Violet and her mates will be on here soon to tell you how it is not their fault that they take drugs adn that they are sweeter than puppies blah blah BS BS its the governments fault etc

Skidbladnir 1:33 pm 01 Dec 11

Bleeter said :

…I could’ve sworn it was the Canberra Times that had the news…

And this is why every news source should have a Created\First Published timestamp visible on articles, with a Last Updated date nearby.
(For reference, as far as I can tell the linked Media Release was either created or uploaded into Google’s filesystem last night, prior to both the Green’s notice being published this morning and the CT article going online at 0400hrs)

Special G 1:12 pm 01 Dec 11

Contracting Hep C by needle sharing is voluntary as far as I am concerned. They know the risks and yet still choose to engage in illegal conduct. The one who contracted it should get a longer stay for breaching the rules and using drugs whilst in jail.

Lock downs for those who fail drug tests until they are clean. If they really want to stop them contracting Hep C they need to address the drug use issue. Stop using drugs = no Hep C.

Proboscus 1:05 pm 01 Dec 11

Let’s not jump the gun here. When the first convict to “contracted” hepatitis in the Hilton last year – it was an incorrect diagnosis by ACT Health (a diagnosis they refuse to admit).

And even if the latest criminal has contracted Hep C in the jail – who really cares? They know the many risks of drug taking before they shoot up. And in the end it’s their choice if they want to live a shithouse life.

And seriously – how many customers have been locked up in the Hilton since it opened? 500? 1000?

If only one (but I’ll say two for arguments sake) contracted Hep C in the Hilton – that’s nothing. And it certainly doesn’t warrant a trial for a needle exchange.

I’m more interested in seeing the Hepatitis figures from before junkies had access to free needles in the community, and comparing them to today, to really see if the tax-payer funded needle exchange system is reversing Hep C in the population.

But because it doesn’t help the Governments argument for needles in the Hilton – I doubt that ACT Health will ever disclose those figures.

Bleeter 12:42 pm 01 Dec 11

Well that’s funny. I could’ve sworn it was the Canberra Times that had the news:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/another-amc-inmate-contracts-hep-c/2377357.aspx

p1 11:19 am 01 Dec 11

What does NSP stand for? Needle sharing program?

Tooks 11:11 am 01 Dec 11

Around 50% of AMC inmates (approx 120 people) already have Hep C. Of those people, all but two caught it outside prison, where they have easy access to free needles. If they’re not utilising needle exchange when they’re free, why would they in jail? I realise not every case of Hep C is due to drug use, but in a prison population, it would be the majority.

Another point I’ve made before is that if I was an inmate, I wouldn’t want prison staff to know I’m using illegal drugs (by using needle exchange), as that may bring unwanted attention on me and any of my visitors (extra visitor checks, cell searches etc).

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