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An HIV-infected inmate has filed a complaint against Nagoya Prison with the Nagoya Bar Association, saying the prison neglected to provide him with proper medical treatment for eight months, the association said Thursday.

The association said it has sent a petition to the prison, saying, “It violated the rights of inmates to receive the best medical care.”

According to the petition, the male inmate, in his 50s, was transferred to the prison with medical facilities in December because he was found to be infected with HIV in October 2001 while he was serving his sentence in Gifu Prison in Gifu Prefecture.

However, Nagoya Prison did not treat him until August 2002, the petition said, adding that he had developed fever and skin eruptions.

A doctor who later provided care to the inmate had no experience in treating an HIV-infected patient, the association said, adding that he was transferred to Hachioji Medical Prison in Tokyo in January to receive treatment.

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