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No condoms for prisoners: accumulating risks of HIV, STI but also hepatitis transmission
  1. Nicolas Lorente1,2,3,
  2. Patrick Zylberman4,5,
  3. Maria Patrizia Carrieri1,2,3
  1. 1 INSERM U912 (SESSTIM), Marseille, France
  2. 2 IRD, UMR-S912, Aix Marseille Université, Marseille, France
  3. 3 ORS PACA, Observatoire Régional de la Santé Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, Marseille, France
  4. 4 EHESP French School of Public Health Rennes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France
  5. 5 CNRS 8211/INSERM U988, CERMES3, F-94801, Villejuif, France
  1. Correspondence to Nicolas Lorente, INSERM—ORS PACA, 23 Rue Stanislas Torrents, Marseille 13006, France; nga.lorente{at}

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Butler et al 1 report convincing results confirming that the availability of HIV prevention tools, such as condoms in prisons, does not increase sexual activity among inmates but rather increases safe sex. These results represent a major step towards negating the widespread belief that the general availability of prevention measures in prisons increases at-risk practices associated with HIV, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Indeed, similar ad hoc studies regarding the availability of needles and syringes …

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