Guidance in brief: prevention and control of blood-borne viruses in prison settings

Series type: Joint publications


This evidence-based guidance aims to support the planning and implementation of effective programmes to prevent and control the transmission of infectious diseases in prison settings in the European region. It focuses on three high-burden blood-borne viruses (BBV) in the prison population, namely hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodefciency virus (HIV). The infections caused by these viruses are characterised by the same modes of blood-borne transmission and similar prevention and control interventions. The key areas covered by this guidance are prevention, treatment and care of BBVs in prison settings.

This is a summarised version of the full guidance which is available here: Public health guidance on prevention and control of blood-borne viruses in prison settings

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Table of contents

  • Scope and purpose of this guidance
  • Guidance development
  • Why is this important?
  • Foundational principles for BBV prevention in prison
  • Key conclusions and implementation considerations
  • Need for more research in prison settings
  • Defnitions
  • Links and resources