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Inclusion and exclusion in mid-life lesbians' experiences of the Pap test

McIntyre, Lynn; Szewchuk, Andrea; Munro, Jenny


Lesbians are said to feel excluded by sexual health messages that presume heterosexuality, a finding linked to lower levels of Papanicolaou (Pap) testing. This paper discusses a small, focused qualitative study based in Calgary, Canada that illuminated mid-life lesbians' experiences and perceptions of Pap testing and health. Participants indicated that they felt compelled and invited to access Pap testing by an inclusive discourse - that of 'mid-life', a period associated with an increased need...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Culture, Health and Sexuality
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2010.508844


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