Human papillomavirus, gonorrhea, syphilis, and cervical dysplasia in jailed women

N. A. Bickell, S. H. Vermund, M. Holmes, S. Safyer, R. D. Burk

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

48 Scopus citations


We assessed the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) by cervicovaginal lavage and Southern blot and inquired about behavioral risk factors for cervical disease and sexually transmitted diseases by interview in 114 female detainees at a large New York City jail. Of the women screened, 8% had abnormal Pap smears, 35% had HPV, 7% had gonorrhea, and 22% had serologic syphilis. Given the high rates of HPV infection and cervical cytology, Pap smears should be a routine intake procedure for incarcerated women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1318-1320
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this