Bhopal: A total of 83 prisoners and undertrials in 24 jails of Madhya Pradesh have been tested positive for HIV, officials said on Tuesday.
The HIV test was conducted on inmates of 24 jails out of
the total of 120 in the state in last six months, they said.
Maximum number of 61 prisoners found suffering from AIDS
are in Bhopal Central Jail, they said, adding that the tests
which began six months ago are still on.
Bhopal was followed by Indore which had seven such
prisoners and undertrials, three in Sehore sub-jails, two each
in Ujjain Central jail, Multai and Neemuch and one each in
Rewa, Chhindwara, Mandla, Gwalior, Sagar and Jabalpur.
Tests were conducted on blood samples of 998 inmates of
which 864 were undertrials and 134 were convicts, they said.
Of the 83 who were tested positive for HIV, 75 were
undertrials and only eight were convicts.
Additional Inspector-General for Madhya Pradesh
(Prisons), A K Khare said that these 83 inmates were not
infected by the disease in prison, but were already suffering
from it before they were jailed.
Khare denied the homosexuality or use of old razors as
the reasons behind HIV infections in jails, saying the tests
were conducted on those who were known to be drug addicts and
were not keeping well.