Accessing antiretroviral (ARV) medications in South Africa’s overcrowded prisons is becoming slightly easier as more prisons adopt in-house clinics to distribute ARVs, PlusNews reports. Some prisons have also started providing inmates with condoms. However, even with the increase only 9 percent of South African correctional facilities offer ARVs within prison walls. The rest of the country’s HIV-positive inmates receiving ARVs have to be shuttled to far-away health facilities. This not only reduces treatment compliance, but also presents major logistical and security problems for correctional services.

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