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NCJ Number: 120370 Find in a Library
Title: Evidence for Gonococcal Transmission Within a Correctional Facility
Author(s): K Hoeven; van; W C Rooney; S C Joseph
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to examine evidence for gonococcal infection acquired by male inmates while being held in New York City correctional facilities.
Abstract: Admission dates were identified for male inmates with culture-proven gonococcal infection from October to December 1986. During the 3-month period, 285 culture-proven cases of gonorrhea were reported to the New York City Department of Health for male prisoners. Admission dates for 262 of these inmates showed that 27 acquired their infection while imprisoned. With respect to length of incarceration when gonorrhea was first isolated, 3 inmates were housed less than 3 weeks, 7 inmates were housed between 3 and 4 weeks, 11 inmates were housed between 6 weeks and 4 months, and 6 inmates were housed between 5 and 12 months. Study findings confirmed that sexual activity, even though prohibited, occurred in New York City correctional facilities and that 10.3 percent of all gonorrhea infections in male inmates developed after incarceration. The link between homosexual activity and AIDS is discussed in light of the prison population's sexual activity, with the recommendation that all inmates receive education and prophylaxis to decrease their risk of acquiring or transmitting AIDS. 12 references, 1 table.
Main Term(s): Inmate health
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities; Homosexuality; New York; Sexual behavior
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