Minority women with sexually transmitted diseases: Sexual abuse and risk for pelvic inflammatory disease

Jane Dimmitt Champion, Jeanna Piper, Rochelle N. Shain, Sondra T. Perdue, Edward R. Newton

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Abstract

Mexican American and African American women (N = 617) with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) underwent a targeted physical exam and questioning regarding sexual abuse, current genitourinary symptomatology, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) risk behaviors to determine the relationship between sexual abuse and risk for PID. Sexually abused women (n = 194) reported higher PID risk behaviors, including earlier coitus, more sex partners, higher STD recurrence, and a tendency toward delayed health-seeking behavior. They also reported more severe genitourinary symptomatology, confirmed by physical exam, and presumptive diagnoses of PID. These characteristics identify sexually abused women at high risk for PID. Because of its considerable impact on risk for PID, assessment for sexual abuse is essential in clinical management of women with STD and for diagnosis of PID.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2001

Keywords

  • Sexual abuse
  • STD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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