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To the Editor:
—In The Journal (183, Feb 2, 1963, adv p 48 the following was published: "Infected persons who do not cooperate with health authorities can receive up to three years in prison."In the USSR the article 115 of the criminal code says: "Infection of another person with one's venereal disease, knowing of the presence of this disease in oneself, is punishable with imprisonment for up to three years or correctional labor for up to one year."Concerning persons who avoid treatment, the organs of Public Health are obliged to bring those with contagious venereal disease to be treated, using persuasion, but penalty of three-year imprisonment is not prescribed. It should be noted that in practice the article 115 is seldom applied.I would appreciate your correcting this inaccuracy, having the principal meaning of the law published in one of the issues of The Journal, in the correct
N. M. Ovchinnikov. Venereal Disease. JAMA. 1963;186(7):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710070136025