Pap testing in college women: Individual behaviors and characteristics as important factors
Objective. To determine Pap testing rates and assess individual characteristics associated with Pap testing.
Methods. A convenience sample of 351 women aged 22 and above (59% White; mean age of 26) recruited from a university campus completed a questionnaire in 2011. Bivariate and multivariate analyses adjusted for condom use and race were performed.
Results. Prevalence of ever having a Pap test was 83%. Women were significantly (P<0.05) more likely to undergo a Pap test if they were white (93% vs. 65% for blacks), reported condom use (89% vs. 80%), had > 5 vaginal sex partners (100% vs. 83%) or smoked cigarettes/marijuana > 3 times weekly (95% vs. 82%) within the past year. No significant association was found with any history of STDs or HPV vaccination. In the multivariate model, women were more likely to have a Pap test if they reported condom use (OR=2.9, 95% CI 1.4-6.2) and whites were more likely to have a Pap test than blacks (OR=7.2, 95% CI 2.9-17.6)
Conclusion. We found that 17% of college women >22yrs have never had a Pap test. Strategies that target minority women and those with few sex partners will be valuable in improving Pap testing rates in college women.
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Assess Pap testing rate in a sample of college women Describe individual behaviors and characteristics associated with Pap testing in a sample of college women
Keyword(s): Cancer Screening, College Students
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