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Nurse Pract. 2015 Jan 16;40(1):46-53; quiz 53-4. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000457431.20036.5c.

HPV, cervical cancer risks, and barriers to care for lesbian women.

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Lindsay Waterman is an adult nurse practitioner at University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. Joachim Voss is an associate professor at University of Washington School of Nursing, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems Department, Seattle, Wash.


The purpose of this article is to identify Pap testing rates among lesbians and identify reasons for lack of recognition of cervical cancer risks in lesbians. Articles that reported cervical cancer screening rates among lesbians were searched. Between 48% and 81% of lesbians reported recent Pap smears. The lesbian community requires better education, and healthcare providers should promote regular Pap smears for all women.

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