03/27/2012 12:13 pm ET

Female Condom Giveaway Is Expensive, But Still Cost-Effective, Report Says

An experiment in giving away free female condoms in the nation's capital is a "highly productive use of public health investment," according to a new study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The study data shows that the giveaway is quite expensive, however, and cost-effective only because caring for AIDS patients is even more expensive.

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