By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Published: March 26, 2012
- An experiment in giving away free female condoms in the nation’s capital is a “highly productive use of public health investment,” according to a new study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The study data shows that the giveaway is quite expensive, however, and cost-effective only because caring for AIDS patients is even more expensive.
Two years ago, Washington public health authorities started giving away 500,000 female condoms in a campaign called “D.C.’s Doin’ It!” The study, published online on Monday in the journal AIDS & Behavior, concluded that giving away the first 200,000 cost $414,000 — mostly for education — and prevented 23 infections. That came to $18,000 per infection prevented, but the study called that efficient because the lifetime cost of H.I.V. medical care is $367,000. No cost comparisons to male condoms, syringe exchange or AIDS testing were made.
A version of this article appeared in print on March 27, 2012, on page D6 of the New York edition with the headline: Washington: Female Condom Giveaway Is Expensive, But Still Cost-Effective, Report Says.
Bron: New York Times
Original paper: AIDS AND BEHAVIOR, Volume 16, Number 5 (2012), 1115-1120, DOI: 10.1007/s10461-012-0174-5
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