4335.0 Critical Issues Affecting the Sexual Health of Women

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 4:30 PM
Women at risk for sexually transmitted infections face barriers to prevention and therefore need innovative and adaptive strategies developed to more effectively reach them. Research shows that there is a link between intimate partner violence and self-reported STI resulting in the need for providers to screen for violence to better serve patients and address the need for risk reduction counseling. Cultural differences and alternative providers present issues for intervention planning; a study of Maine Native American women suggests that HIV interventions should be tailored to reflect the matriarchal community and be integrated by trained women at traditional gatherings. Self-collection sampling for HPV testing is discussed as a potential improvement on reaching African American women and highlights the need for clear instructions and explanation of the collection method. Focus groups were used to collect information and suggestions to reduce barriers and create culturally appropriate sexual health interventions for Latina populations, including strategies for communicating with adolescents about preventing teen pregnancy and improving access to emergency contraception.
Session Objectives: 1.Describe the role of culture and need for intervention tailoring for specific sexual health programs in diverse communities. 2. Understand the association of intimate partner violence with STI diagnosis and the implications that association has on provider recommendations and screening. 3. Recognize the factors associated with self-collection sampling for HPV and the usability of this method in various populations. 4. Discuss the need to promote policy change regarding access to emergency contraception.

4:30 PM
Association between interpersonal violence and self-reported Chlamydia diagnosis among California women
Joanne Pavao, MPH, Jennifer Alvarez, PhD, Joan Chow, MPH, DrPH, Nikki Baumrind, PhD, MPH and Rachel Kimerling, PhD
4:45 PM
Generations: Culturally competent HIV prevention for Native American women
Kathleen E. Perkins, MPA, Sharon Tomah, LCSW, Miigam Agan, Donna Augustine, Patricia Neptune and Barbara Ginley, MPH

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Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Maternal and Child Health, Latino Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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