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High STD rates in Maricopa County jails

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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:16 pm

A new report finds there are high rates of sexually transmitted diseases among people arrested in Maricopa County. The report was conducted in partnership between the Arizona Arrestee Reporting Information Network and ASU's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety.

Among the findings: Male arrestees were 23.7 times more likely than the general population to be infected with chlamydia and 54.4 times more likely to be infected with gonorrhea. Female arrestees were infected with chlamydia at a rate 14.5 times the general population and were 80.6 times more likely to be infected with gonorrhea.

Left untreated, these STDs can lead to serious infections, infertility and neonatal transference.

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