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Access to sexual health education and healthcare for adolescent women in rural Vermont: a qualitative study
  1. Orli K Florsheim1,
  2. Jemma Alarcón1,
  3. Erika A Montanaro PhD2,
  4. Lynn E Fiellin MD3
  1. 1 University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA, USA
  2. 2 Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  3. 3 Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  1. Correspondence to Orli K Florsheim; oflorshe{at}

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In the USA, one in four sexually active adolescents has an STI,1 and yet sexual health education and screening in this population is inadequate.2 Factors impacting adolescent women’s access to sexual healthcare include a misunderstanding of the symptoms, stigma and fear of embarrassment, issues around cost, and conflicting clinic and school schedule.2 The purpose of our study was to identify the perceived barriers to …

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  • Handling editor Jackie A Cassell

  • Funding Bennington College Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, Office of the President, Bennington College.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Bennington College Committee on Research with Human Participants.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.