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Incorporating AIDS Education in Prison Adult Education Programs in Nigeria

NCJ Number
Journal of Correctional Education Volume: 50 Issue: 3 Dated: September 1999 Pages: 96-100
Usiwoma E. Enuku; Christie A. Enuku
Date Published
September 1999
5 pages
Most AIDS education programs in Nigeria are through the mass media (television, radio, and newspapers) and are not accessible to most prison inmates due to government policy.
Prison adult education in Nigeria does not include AIDS education and, with the total confinement of prison inmates and the absence of conjugal visits and parole given the ages of prison inmates, in situ homosexuality may be common. Because prison inmates have no access to the mass media, prison adult education programs in Nigeria should include AIDS education. Two key objectives of AIDS education in correctional facilities are identified: (1) to educate prison inmates about risks and dangers that may be involved in contact with HIV-positive persons; and (2) to help prison inmates protect themselves against AIDS infection. Recommended topics of AIDS education programs for prison inmates are identified, including prison life and culture and in situ homosexuality, basic information about HIV and AIDS and possible sources of infection, disease prevention, balanced diet, and exercise. Potential problems associated with the design of an AIDS education program for prison inmates in Nigeria are noted. 5 references