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Study: D.C. female condom program likely saved $6M

Monday - 3/26/2012, 1:28pm  ET

JESSICA GRESKO
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A new study says the District of Columbia's effort to increase the use of female condoms, the lesser-known equivalent of the male condom, likely prevented 23 new HIV infections and saved taxpayers $6 million in its first year.

The study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the D.C. Department of Health, was published online in the scientific journal AIDS and Behavior. It says taxpayers saved millions since three out of every four HIV-positive individuals receiving treatment are getting health care through taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicaid.

The study was paid for by the Female Health Company, the makers of the female condom.


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