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Editorial: Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and


American Journal of Public Health (06/96) Vol. 86, No. 6, P.

In an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health, Associate Editor Zena Stein points out that facilities providing comprehensive services for family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and the prevention of AIDS would be more effective than the current system of facilities that address these three areas separately. Family planning clinics, she says, focus on contraception and do not adequately treat women for sexually transmitted diseases. Special clinics for STDs are usually independent of general health services and tend not to emphasize prevention or provide contact tracing and follow up. Services that aim to teach HIV prevention-- including a wide range of public and private agencies--operate separately from these two categories. Stein says family planning clinics, STD clinics, and HIV services have neglected their responsibility to prevent and treat STDs among women and predicts that integrating these facilities would improve prevention and care for all STDs, including HIV.


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