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Medical News & Perspectives
January 14, 1998

Look Behind Bars for Key to Control of STDs

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JAMA. 1998;279(2):97-98. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.97

ACCORDING TO experts in correctional health care, providing prisoners with good medical care and follow-up services after they are released is a cost-effective way of reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the general community. Although providing convicts with health and social services may seem a bitter pill for many to swallow—considering the public's growing resentment toward incarcerated offenders—the experts believe they now have some data to support their position (see next article).