142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Across the spectrum of STIs: Risks, testing and consequences among diverse women

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The broad spectrum of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remains prevalent among women regardless to race, age, sexual orientation or other distinguishing characteristics. Whether the STI is HPV (Human papillomavirus), PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), Chlamydia or others, women are undeniably at risk. Such risk impacts the health status, quality of life and longevity among widely diverse populations of women. In this session, findings will be presented that address issues associated with STIs, including: factors and behaviors that increase risk, acceptance and adherence to testing recommendations and the adverse consequences of infection. First, results will be presented of a 13-year, retrospective, cohort study that compares the risk of PID, often asymptomatic, among military women screened annually for Chlamydia versus those not annually screened. Disparities based on age, race, marital status, military rank and branch will be reported. Next, findings will be presented that address the potential influence of hip-hop culture in its representation and objectification of women, on the risk of STIs among impressionable, young, African-American women. Other presentations will report on the willingness of young adult, lesbian and bisexual women to participate in HPV home self-testing to reduce the consequences of cervical disease and whether perceived risk impacts differences in STI testing practices when comparing women who have sex with men (WSM), to women who have sex with women (WSW) to women who have sex with women and men (WSWM).
Session Objectives: Identify the broad spectrum of STIs that pose a threat to diverse women who are described based on race, age, sexual orientation, marital status, and military status/rank/branch. Differentiate STI risks based on sociodemographic, sociocultural and psychosocial factors. Explain the impact of STI testing practices on the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes among diverse populations of women.

Acceptability of HPV self-testing among young adult lesbian and bisexual women in the United States
Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH, Mira Katz, PhD, Electra D. Paskett, PhD and Paul L. Reiter, PhD
STI testing practices: WSW compared to WSM and WSWM
Margo Mullinax, Ph.D., MPH, Vanessa Schick, PhD, Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, Joshua G. Rosenberger, PhD, MPH and Michael Reece, PhD

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Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health, Socialist Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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