Mitigating Sexual Health Challenges: An Examination of Black Female University Students

Student Classification

Serena Lowe, 4th-Year, Sociology

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jeannette M. Wade, Sociology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2023


Black women on university campuses face innumerable reproductive and sexual health challenges with access to gynecologic health services, which may augment higher rates of infertility, unintended pregnancy, preterm birth, STI’s, and mortality for Black women than women from any other race. The study identifies and analyzes varying codes including, patient-provider interactions, economic determinants of health, social support, time, location, lack of primary care, no challenges, and other outcomes relating to challenges Black women face at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) in southeastern America. To better understand what perpetuates health disparities that exist for Black women and their counterparts from other races, barriers with access to gynecological healthcare must be contextualized. Identifying significant insights using qualitative interview data resulted in gynecological processes that inadequately addresses healthcare needs of Black women. To mitigate challenges Black women face when prioritizing their sexual health, society must deconstruct negative implications of social and economic determinants of health.

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