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J Med Screen. 2004;11(2):85-8.

Attitudes to self-sampling for HPV among Indian, Pakistani, African-Caribbean and white British women in Manchester, UK.

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Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine attitudes to self-sampling for human papillomavirus (HPV) testing among women from contrasting ethnic groups.

SETTING:

Manchester, UK.

METHODS:

Two hundred women of Indian, Pakistani, African-Caribbean and white British origin were recruited from social and community groups to participate in a questionnaire survey. The questionnaire included items on attitudes to self-sampling and intention to use the test.

RESULTS:

Willingness to try to use the test was high, and women did not foresee religious or cultural barriers to self-sampling; however, a large proportion of women were concerned about doing the test properly. This concern was greatest in the Indian and African-Caribbean groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although women's willingness to try self-sampling for HPV is encouraging, worries about carrying out the procedure correctly must be addressed if women are to feel confident about the results of self-sampling methods and reassured by a negative result.

PMID:
15153323
PMCID:
PMC4109398
DOI:
10.1258/096914104774061065
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