Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Apr;196(4):407.e1-8; discussion 407.e8-9.

Cervical cancer prevention: safety, acceptability, and feasibility of a single-visit approach in Accra, Ghana.

Author information

1
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to assess the safety and acceptability of a single-visit approach to cervical cancer prevention combining visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid wash (VIA) and cryotherapy.

STUDY DESIGN:

The study was observational. Nine clinicians were trained in VIA and cryotherapy. Over 18 months 3665 women were VIA-tested. If positive and eligible, cryotherapy was offered immediately. Treated women were followed-up at 3 months and 1 year.

RESULTS:

The test-positive rate was 13.2%. Of those eligible, 70.2% and 21% received immediate or delayed treatment, respectively. No major complications were recorded, and 5.6% presented for a perceived problem post-cryotherapy. Among those treated over 90% expressed satisfaction with their experience, and 96% had an indentifiable squamo-columnar junction. Only 2.6% (6/232) were test positive, 1-year posttreatment.

CONCLUSION:

A single-visit approach using VIA and cryotherapy proved to be safe, acceptable, and feasible in an urban African setting.

PMID:
17403438
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2006.12.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center