Risk factors for syphilis among incarcerated women in Rhode Island

Josiah D. Rich, Joseph C. Hou, Anthony Charuvastra, Christopher W. Towe, Michelle Lally, Anne Spaulding, Utpala Bandy, Edward F. Donnelly, Anne Rompalo

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Syphilis remains a significant problem in the United States. The prison environment is an ideal location to identify and treat syphilis. We undertook this study to describe the correlates and risk factors for syphilis among incarcerated women in Rhode Island. The study design was a review of all cases of syphilis identified through routine screening in the state prison and a case control study. Between 1992 and 1998, among 6, 249 incarcerated women, 86 were found to have syphilis; of these, 29 were primary and secondary cases representing 49% of infectious cases of syphilis in women in the state. The prison environment offers a unique opportunity for the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS patient care and STDs
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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