If You Spend Time in Joe Arpaio's Jails, There's a Good Chance You Have Chlamydia

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According to a recently released study from Arizona State University's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, if you've been booked into a Maricopa Count jail, you're much more likely to catch a sexually transmitted disease than members of the general public.

According to the study, if you've been booked into one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails, you're up to 80 percent more likely to catch either chlamydia or gonorrhea than Maricopa County residents who haven't done time.

In Maricopa County, 10 percent of women booked into a county jail test positive for chlamydia -- a disease for which only 0.7 percent of women who haven't been to jail test positive.

The numbers for gonorrhea are equally profound -- according to the study, 5 percent of women booked into jail test positive for gonorrhea, while only 0.1 percent of women who've never been to jail test positive.

As for the guys, the percentage of those booked into jail testing positive for either chlamydia or gonorrhea is lower than in women, but is still much higher than the average for men who haven't visited Arpaio's gulags.

In male inmates, 6.8 percent test positive for chlamydia, while only 0.3 percent of men who've never been sent to the slammer test positive.

The numbers are similar for male inmates testing positive for gonorrhea, with 4.6 percent of men booked into an MCSO jail testing positive for the disease, compared to only 0.1 percent of the general public.

The report concludes that because people booked into jail are often unemployed, they usually don't have health insurance enabling them to get rid of the curable diseases. It finds that "if screening and treatment for these STDs were more widely available in the county jail a meaningful impact could be made on the health of Maricopa County residents (due to reduced transmission rates) in general and the Maricopa County arrestee population specifically."

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Rick
Rick

Mr. King needs to watch his wording in this article.  The study does not show that you will pick up an STD in the Maricopa County Jail (unless you chose to have sex with an inmate there) but that the inmates there were more likely to have an STD than the regular population. 

James King
James King

I thought I was very careful Rick. Does it say anywhere in the article that you'll catch gonorrhea from going to jail?

"If you've been booked into a Maricopa Count jail, you're much more likely to catch a sexually transmitted disease than members of the general public," which is exactly what the study found. Not sure where you're coming from suggesting I made a false claim in the article.

Rick
Rick

Mr. KingRead the first two sentences of your article carefully and you will see what I am saying. 

cybercy
cybercy

Exactly, Mr. King.  These posters obviously do not know how to read in context or they have other agendas.  The point the article is making is that there is a higher percentage of people who are arrested and booked into jail have STD's BEFORE they were arrested!  This is really about the sad state of the health care available to low-income, non-insured citizens.

ZachHenry
ZachHenry

I agree with Rick.  It should say "If you've been booked into a Maricopa Count jail, you're much more likely to HAVE CAUGHT a sexually transmitted disease than members of the general public,"

Your wording confuses the chronology and suggests inmates are catching the disease after being booked. From my understanding of the report, inmates caught the disease when they were free in the general public. Furthermore, the report doesn't say anything about catching the disease in the future, it only shows a correlation between having a pre-existing condition and being booked into MCSO jail. I'm not in the habit of defending Arpaio, but I really don't see his involvement in all of this.

Jason
Jason

Yet another good reason to get rid of Joe and his slimy, greasy minions...

SON of SAM
SON of SAM

Not here to defend the joKKKer. But it makes no difference if he is gone or not. Virtually all jails and prisons are disease carriers of sorts--mainly in STDs/HIVs.

If you ever had to donate blood or plasma, on the questionaire asked "Have you ever been in jail for more than 5 days?". Insomuch, jails are already disease ridden cesspools.

me and more me
me and more me

do you think they are the ones passing the stds around?

Jason
Jason

IDK.

But you know that inmates who have STD's that don't get treatment for them will sue the Flaccid Fool of MCSO, resulting in tens of millions of tax dollars wasted on the senile bag of shit we're embarrassed to call a shurf. THAT'S why the old asshole needs to go.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

"if screening and treatment for these STDs were more widely available in the county jail a meaningful impact could be made on the health of Maricopa County residents (due to reduced transmission rates) in general and the Maricopa County arrestee population specifically."

If public employees are not addressing a public health problem, particularly since one of the sources of the problem are already under their tender loving care, then yes they are helping to pass stds around.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Joe being a total drippy dick, he does seem like a likely suspect for a gonorrhea carrier.

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