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Cervical Cancer Screening and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among Korean Sexual Minority Women by Sex of Their Sexual Partners

by 1,2, 3 and 1,4,*
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College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Korea
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Department of Healthcare Administration, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul 03080, Korea
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Public Healthcare Center, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul 03080, Korea
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The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8924; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238924
Received: 4 November 2020 / Revised: 17 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 30 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sex Education as Health Promotion: What Does It Take?)
Cervical cancer-preventive behaviors in Korean sexual minority women (SMW) are underexplored. We aimed to assess the differences in cervical cancer screening uptake and completion of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among Korean SMW by sex of their sexual partners. This cross-sectional study used data from the 2017 Korean Sexual Minority Women’s Health Study; we included Korean lesbian and bisexual women aged ≥20 years. They were divided into three groups: SMW with more than one male sexual partner (male only/both), SMW with only female sexual partners (female-only), or no sexual partner (no partner). Among the 671 participants, 266 (39.6%), 294 (43.8%), and 111 (16.5%) belonged to the male-only/both, female-only, and no partner groups, respectively. Compared to the male-only/both group, the female-only group was significantly less likely to have undergone cervical cancer screening (Adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 0.24, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.15–0.37) and to have completed HPV vaccinations (AOR = 0.58, 95% CI = 0.37–0.91). In conclusion, Korean SMW with only female sexual partners had lower cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination completion rates than SMW who had male sexual partners. More extensive efforts are needed to improve cervical cancer-preventive behaviors among Korean SMW. View Full-Text
Keywords: cervical cancer; sexual minority women; cancer prevention; South Korea cervical cancer; sexual minority women; cancer prevention; South Korea
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Kim, S.; Lee, S.-Y.; Choi-Kwon, S. Cervical Cancer Screening and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among Korean Sexual Minority Women by Sex of Their Sexual Partners. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238924

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Kim S, Lee S-Y, Choi-Kwon S. Cervical Cancer Screening and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among Korean Sexual Minority Women by Sex of Their Sexual Partners. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):8924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238924

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Kim, Ssirai; Lee, Sun-Young; Choi-Kwon, Smi. 2020. "Cervical Cancer Screening and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among Korean Sexual Minority Women by Sex of Their Sexual Partners" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 23: 8924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238924

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