Injectable contraceptive continuation among female exotic dancers seeking mobile reproductive health services

Caitlin E. Martin, Jennifer J. Han, Chris Serio-Chapman, Patrick Chaulk, Mishka Terplan

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Abstract

Objectives. We describe depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) continuation patterns among female exotic dancers receiving reproductive health services at a mobile syringe exchange. Methods. Clients initiating DMPA between November 2009 and August 2012 were identified retrospectively via chart review. Life table analysis measured continuation. Client characteristics were compared using chi-square tests. Results. Sixty nine clients were identified; 72% were African American and 63% were younger than 25. At three months, 36% of the study sample continued DMPA; those continuing were more likely to be White (p=0.01) and receive other services (p=.01). The 12-month cumulative continuation probability was 0.09. Considering those who had received an injection, continuation proportions were higher (46% at 6; 71% at 12 months). Conclusions. A subset of female exotic dancers may favor DMPA as a long term contraceptive. Integrating mobile reproductive health services into public health programs can help fulfill the unique health needs of this high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1317-1327
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Reproductive Health Services
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate
Telemedicine
Contraceptive Agents
Injections
Life Tables
Syringes
Chi-Square Distribution
African Americans
Public Health
Health
Population

Keywords

  • Contraception
  • Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate
  • Female exotic dancers
  • Harm reduction
  • Syringe exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Injectable contraceptive continuation among female exotic dancers seeking mobile reproductive health services. / Martin, Caitlin E.; Han, Jennifer J.; Serio-Chapman, Chris; Chaulk, Patrick; Terplan, Mishka.

In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2014, p. 1317-1327.

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Martin, Caitlin E. ; Han, Jennifer J. ; Serio-Chapman, Chris ; Chaulk, Patrick ; Terplan, Mishka. / Injectable contraceptive continuation among female exotic dancers seeking mobile reproductive health services. In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2014 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 1317-1327.
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