Oral Sexual Activity and the Associated Health Disparities in College Aged Females in the United States: A Systematic Review

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602822
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Oral Sexual Activity and the Associated Health Disparities in College Aged Females in the United States: A Systematic Review
Author(s):
Bergeron, Peggy
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Omnicron Upsilon
Author Details:
Peggy Bergeron, RN, pegberg@uab.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015: Purpose: To explore the current level of understanding about oral sexual activity and the risk for sexually transmitted infections in the female college population, a systematic review was conducted to summarize scientific literature over the past decade. Methodology: The following electronic databases were searched: PubMed, Google Scholar, CINAHL, MEDLINE, SCOPUS, SAGE, and ProQuest.  The publication dates searched were 2004 to 2014.  The keywords used in this search were as follows: oral sex, college females, adolescent sexual behaviors, sexual risk, and sexually transmitted infections.  Inclusion criteria included the following: English language only, academic peer reviewed journals, qualitative and quantitative studies, and domestic research.  The exclusion criteria consisted of international research, only vaginal sex studies, and pregnancy related studies.  A matrix method was utilized for organization of the review of literature. Results: A total of 93 articles, publicly available at no charge, were selected for full-text evaluation, 38 of which were included.  These articles were organized into the following four categories: adolescent/teen sexual behaviors, female college students, oral sex, and college student’s sexual behaviors, with the matrix method.  Consistent findings were as follows: the prevalence of oral sexual activity among adolescents and young adults is increasing; a shift in attitudes with oral sex has occurred in regards to risk, classification as a sexual act and virginal status; and the existence of a distinct knowledge deficit on the transmission of sexually transmitted infections with oral sexual activity.  Specific findings for adolescent women have also revealed that females who engage in oral sex are more likely to have unprotected vaginal sex, placing them at greater risk overall. Gaps were identified regarding the need for further examination of the perceptions of risk with oral sexual behaviors due to the potential for sexually transmitted infections with college females, as well as the need for more educational interventions on oral sexual behaviors.  Another gap identified was the need for more research on the factors which influence the decision to have oral sex to help with educational efforts regarding sexually transmitted infections. Conclusion: Despite some concern over the shift in attitudes and the increased prevalence of oral sexual activity, there is insufficient research performed in the United States which specifically addresses oral sex.  More research efforts are warranted to examine oral sexual activity and the associated health disparities specific for the female college population.
Keywords:
oral sex; college females; sexual health disparities
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15RS1.8
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleOral Sexual Activity and the Associated Health Disparities in College Aged Females in the United States: A Systematic Reviewen
dc.contributor.authorBergeron, Peggyen
dc.contributor.departmentOmnicron Upsilonen
dc.author.detailsPeggy Bergeron, RN, pegberg@uab.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602822en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015: Purpose: To explore the current level of understanding about oral sexual activity and the risk for sexually transmitted infections in the female college population, a systematic review was conducted to summarize scientific literature over the past decade. Methodology: The following electronic databases were searched: PubMed, Google Scholar, CINAHL, MEDLINE, SCOPUS, SAGE, and ProQuest.  The publication dates searched were 2004 to 2014.  The keywords used in this search were as follows: oral sex, college females, adolescent sexual behaviors, sexual risk, and sexually transmitted infections.  Inclusion criteria included the following: English language only, academic peer reviewed journals, qualitative and quantitative studies, and domestic research.  The exclusion criteria consisted of international research, only vaginal sex studies, and pregnancy related studies.  A matrix method was utilized for organization of the review of literature. Results: A total of 93 articles, publicly available at no charge, were selected for full-text evaluation, 38 of which were included.  These articles were organized into the following four categories: adolescent/teen sexual behaviors, female college students, oral sex, and college student’s sexual behaviors, with the matrix method.  Consistent findings were as follows: the prevalence of oral sexual activity among adolescents and young adults is increasing; a shift in attitudes with oral sex has occurred in regards to risk, classification as a sexual act and virginal status; and the existence of a distinct knowledge deficit on the transmission of sexually transmitted infections with oral sexual activity.  Specific findings for adolescent women have also revealed that females who engage in oral sex are more likely to have unprotected vaginal sex, placing them at greater risk overall. Gaps were identified regarding the need for further examination of the perceptions of risk with oral sexual behaviors due to the potential for sexually transmitted infections with college females, as well as the need for more educational interventions on oral sexual behaviors.  Another gap identified was the need for more research on the factors which influence the decision to have oral sex to help with educational efforts regarding sexually transmitted infections. Conclusion: Despite some concern over the shift in attitudes and the increased prevalence of oral sexual activity, there is insufficient research performed in the United States which specifically addresses oral sex.  More research efforts are warranted to examine oral sexual activity and the associated health disparities specific for the female college population.en
dc.subjectoral sexen
dc.subjectcollege femalesen
dc.subjectsexual health disparitiesen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:37:27Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:37:27Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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