Committee Opinion: Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females
The Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women developed a Committee Opinion on Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females. Increasing numbers of women and adolescent females are incarcerated each year in the United States and they represent an increasing proportion of inmates in the U.S. correctional system. Incarcerated women and adolescent females often come from disadvantaged environments and have high rates of chronic illness, substance abuse, and undetected health problems. Most of these females are of reproductive age and are at high risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Understanding the needs of incarcerated women and adolescent females can help improve the provision of health care in the correctional system.