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GARCIA RUEDA, Alexandra; FAJARDO PENA, María Teresa; CABALLERO BADILLO, María Claudia  and  CAMARGO-FIGUERA, Fabio Alberto. Results of Papanicolaou tests in university population: a descriptive study. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.42, pp.1-12. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: Characterize the results of pap tests realized in students catered in the universitary welfare of the Universidad Industrial de Santander UIS (Bucaramanga). Material and methods: descriptive study, of cross-section. Population: UIS students between the time frame of July 2004 and July 2010. The sample size was 1543 students. To get the information, access to the information system of universitary welfare UIS services was provided corresponding to the results of pap tests made during the time frame mencionated before. Variables related to sociodemographic characteristics, results and others were obtained too. Absolute and relative frequencies were calculated for each variable. The prevalence of abnormality was calculated and the Confidence Interval was 95%. All the analysis was made in Stata 12. Results: Alterations in the results of pap tests: Abnormality: 33%; main microorganism candida albicans: 13.7%, presence of ASCUS: 11%, HPV: 2.5%, reactive cellular changes: 15.2%. 43.9% began sexual relationships between the ages of 17 and 18, 23.8% said they began at the age of 16 or less, 93% manifest the range of sexual partners was between 0 and 1 and 46% of students utilize contraception methods, the most used was anovulatory. Conclusions: More protective factors than predisposing factors to present cytological abnormalities and cervical cancer were found. But the abnormality results were significant, this deserves to continue the strengthen of programs related to sexual and reproductive health.

Keywords : Papanicolaou test; women health; reproductive health.

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