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To Cut STD Rate, California Considers Condoms in Prison

July 9, 2013

Despite a state law that prohibits sex among prisoners, California lawmakers are considering a bill that proposes distributing condoms in prisons to reduce high STD and HIV infection rates among inmates. Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) proposed AB999, which would require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to supply condoms in 5 prisons by 2015 and in all 33 adult prisons by 2020.

The Assembly already has passed AB999; if the Senate also approved the bill, California would become the second state, after Vermont, to give condoms to all prisoners. Legislative researchers reported that Australia, Brazil, Canada, many European Union nations, Indonesia, and South Africa already have condom distribution programs.

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