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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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AUDI, Celene Aparecida Ferrari; SANTIAGO, Silvia Maria; ANDRADE, Maria da Graça Garcia  and  FRANCISCO, Priscila Maria Stolses Bergamo. Pap smear in incarcerated women. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.3, pp.675-678. ISSN 1415-790X.

In Brazil, in 2012, 6.4% of the prison population was made up of women. The aim of the study was to verify the coverage of the Pap smear according to sociodemographic characteristics and health problems reported among incarcerated women. Cross-sectional study conducted from August 2012 to July 2013, considering the records of 702 inmates aged between 25 and 64 years and the duration of imprisonment (not less than 12 months). The average age of the women surveyed was 34.7 years. The performance of cervical cytology was reported by 26.3% of inmates. There were no difference in prevalence according to selected variables. The containment condition enables the implementation of preventive measures such as offering and realization of Pap smear for most inmates. The observed results are worrying and differ significantly from those presented in the national diagnosis on the health of incarcerated women.

Keywords : Papanicolaou test; Prisons; Women's health; Primary prevention; Epidemiologic studies; Uterine Cervical Neoplasms.

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