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Equal healthcare for women at WVU

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Currently it is the policy of the WVU Student Health Center to make appointments for a women's annual Pap exams only 1 day in advance. This system does not serve the female students at WVU. Calling every day to try and get an appointment places undue stress and is unacceptable. Based on the numbers from the 2010 WVU Strategic Plan, and assuming ½ of the student population will be female, 15,000 women will need Pap exams every year at WVU. That means that over 60 female WVU students per DAY would need exams. Clearly a day by day appointment schedule is inadequate. We all know that Pap exams are essential at detecting pre-cancerous conditions. When detected it is 100% treatable. Left undetected it can lead to a slow growing cervical cancer. Most women that are diagnosed with cervical cancer today have not had regular Pap smears or they have not followed up on abnormal results. If you are concerned about female student healthcare at WVU please sign this petition and send a message to President Garrison that we will not tolerate this inadequate and unjust treatment.

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