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HIV Seroprevalence of Adult Males Incarcerated for a Sexual Offense in Rhode Island, 1994-1999

Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH; Grace Macalino, PhD; Roland C. Merchant, MD; Christopher Salas, BS; Pauline Marcussen, BS; Maureen Grundy, BA; Anne Spaulding, MD
JAMA. 2002;288(2):164-165. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.162.
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To the Editor: Knowledge of a sexual assailant's human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status could help determine the need for HIV postexposure prophylaxis (HIV PEP) and the best choice of medications.1 The HIV prevalence among known sexual assailants may help estimate the seroconversion risk after sexual assault in a given community. Although prior studies have examined the HIV prevalence among prisoners, none have examined sexual assailants.2,3 Our objective was to determine the HIV seroprevalence among male sexual assailants in Rhode Island.


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