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Entre santé publique et maintien de l’ordre : le parcours des tests de dépistage du VIH dans les prisons françaises

Abstract : Research work considering prisons as institutions for maintaining social order emphasises continuity and resistance to change. This article continues the approach, treating the take-up and regulation of HIV testing as a mechanism to maintain an internal social order in prisons. Prior to the AIDS epidemic, HIV testing was framed as health policing. However, the mismatch between this approach and the particular requirements for battling AIDS led public authorities to adopt a specific regulation for these instruments. In the context of a reform of health care in prisons, the systemic and coercive use of HIV tests was abandoned and they were incorporated into a policy framework of individual diagnosis and care. This clinical framing, however, hides practices that stress maintaining order and that are manifest in everyday practices of actors in the prison system. In this way security and clinical dimensions tend to overlap, and even become confused.
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Renaud Crespin. Entre santé publique et maintien de l’ordre : le parcours des tests de dépistage du VIH dans les prisons françaises. Lien social et Politiques, Anjou, Québec : Éd. Saint-Martin ; Rennes : Presses de l'EHESP, 2006, pp.137 - 147. ⟨10.7202/013231ar⟩. ⟨hal-03595480⟩

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