Study Finds Reproductive Health Screening Disparities Among Sexual Minority Youth

In Reproductive Health Screening Disparities and Sexual Orientation in a Cohort Study of U.S. Adolescent and Young Adult Females, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, authors Brittany Charlton, et al found that sexual minority adolescent and young adult women underutilize routine reproductive health screenings, including Pap smears and STI tests. For example, after accounting for sociodemographics and sexual history, mostly heterosexual/bisexual females had 30% lower odds of having a Pap test within the last year and almost 40% higher odds of being diagnosed with an STI, as compared with the completely heterosexual group.

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