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Syphilis, homosexuality and legislation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  964429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The proportion of cases with fresh syphilis in males contracted by homosexual contacts in Helsinki before and after the change of the criminal law in 1971 was studied. Since 1971, homosexuality is by law no longer a crime in Finland. In 1964, only 2% of males with fresh syphilis admitted a homosexual contact. The same figure was 8% in 1970, and increased to about 50% in 1974 and 1975. It was concluded that a change of legislation concerning homosexuality, probably by several different routes, changed the proportion of cases of detected homosexually transmitted early syphilis. This was thought to be of special importance for case finding and controlling of the spread of syphilis.
R Suhonen; J Wallenius; K Haukka; O Elo; A Lassus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologica     Volume:  152     ISSN:  0011-9075     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatologica     Publication Date:  1976  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-11-21     Completed Date:  1976-11-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0211607     Medline TA:  Dermatologica     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  363-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Legislation as Topic*
Syphilis / epidemiology,  transmission*

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