Eight Adiala Jail inmates test HIV/AIDS positive

Published: May 30, 2013
“During the screening test a total of 40 inmates have been diagnosed to be suffering from Aids,” says a doctor. PHOTO: FILE

“During the screening test a total of 40 inmates have been diagnosed to be suffering from Aids,” says a doctor. PHOTO: FILE


At least eight inmates at the notorious Adiala Jail have been tested HIV/Aids positive and around 32 are suspected of having the disease during a screening carried out by the Punjab Aids Control Programme, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A doctor at the jail, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that at least 5,000 prisoners were screened on Tuesday for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Aids) under Punjab’s programme.

“During the screening test a total of 40 inmates have been diagnosed to be suffering from Aids,” the doctor said, adding that blood samples collected from the inmates have been sent to a laboratory for further tests. He said eight samples tested positive and the infected inmates will be provided treatment under the programme till their stay in prison.

“These tests will also determine the stage of infection and the patient’s readiness for drug treatment, which may depend on a variety of factors such as the patient’s medical history,” he claimed, adding that 32 results were still pending.  Almost all those who tested positive are drug addicts and shared syringes.

Superintendent Adiala Jail Malik Mushtaq confirmed to The Express Tribune that the prisoners tested positive for Aids during the screening.

“We have been carrying Aids screening tests on a monthly basis and mostly drug addicts who use and share syringes are diagnosed as HIV/Aids affected,” Mushtaq stated.

Dr Salman Shahid, Project Director Punjab Aids Control Programme, also confirmed the cases. “We have imparted proper training to doctors and technical staff of all jails in the province,” Shahid said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • TightPatloon
    May 30, 2013 - 4:18AM

    Is it sharing syringes only or is there something else going on behind the scenes? The government must setup an judicial enquiry commission to bring the bring the facts to light


  • Salman Abbas
    May 30, 2013 - 4:19AM

    Does prison rape occur in Pakistani prisons?


  • ptisupp
    May 30, 2013 - 7:56AM

    Are these extremists or taleban related? If yes then i have no doubt.


  • Ahmed
    May 30, 2013 - 10:07AM

    Dear ET, I would like to bring your attention to an important issue.
    The community, in our country, that has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, as per already published reports, is the ‘Shemale/KhawajaSara’ community. These guys freely roam around cities. Although their free movement is not a problem as its their basic right, but they indulge in homosexual or heterosexual activities that is causing the rise of HIV/Aids in our society. And believe you me, teenagers and some perverts are easily attracted to them with a curiosity to experiment !! Standing alongside roads and highways, being picked up from hi-fi streets like MM Alam road in Lahore etc., this is all normal and visible to everyone. If any says or pretends to be ignorant of this situation, it will be like closing your eyes thinking you have secured yourself !! If Punjab Aids control program can go to jails and screen the prisoners, they should also visit areas where Khawaja Saras live and screen them on asap basis.


  • Unknown
    May 30, 2013 - 10:11AM

    @Salman Abbas: It happens everywhere, everyone need to satisfy their sexual needs therefore most prisoners become homosexual. i think a months ago there were few aid/hiv were also found out in Sindh jail as well…


  • Wanderer
    May 30, 2013 - 10:44AM

    @ Salman: Duh!!!!!


  • Bingo
    May 30, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Ohh Yes Abhi…..


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