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Role of Community-Based Organizations in Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases—Reply

Robert A. Gunn, MD, MPH; Robert T. Rolfs, MD, MPH; Joel R. Greenspan, MD, MPH; Judith N. Wasserheit, MD, MPH
JAMA. 1998;280(5):419-420. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-5-jbk0805.
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In Reply.— We agree with Ms Klein and colleagues about the important collaborative role of CBOs in the prevention and control of STDs and HIV. For the reasons mentioned by Klein et al, CBOs in many communities have successfully partnered with HIV prevention programs and, to a lesser extent, STD prevention programs. Community-based organizations have led the way in providing STD and HIV outreach services to disadvantaged populations that health department programs have traditionally had difficulty reaching. Now that managed care organizations are enrolling Medicaid patients, who are often at risk for STD and HIV, it is essential to include CBOs in partnerships that seek to implement a comprehensive, community-wide, population-oriented approach to STD and HIV prevention.

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