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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Sep;25(9):944-51. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5469. Epub 2016 Feb 18.

Acceptability and Feasibility of Human Papilloma Virus Self-Sampling for Cervical Cancer Screening.

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1 Department of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Community Health, Florida International University , Miami, Florida.
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2 Department of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine , Miami, Florida.
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3 Department of Public Health Sciences, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine , Miami, Florida.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Women in safety-net institutions are less likely to receive cervical cancer screening. Human papilloma virus (HPV) self-sampling is an alternative method of cervical cancer screening. We examine the acceptability and feasibility of HPV self-sampling among patients and clinic staff in two safety-net clinics in Miami.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Haitian and Latina women aged 30-65 years with no Pap smear in the past 3 years were recruited. Women were offered HPV self-sampling or traditional Pap smear screening. The acceptability of HPV self-sampling among patients and clinic staff was assessed. If traditional screening was preferred the medical record was reviewed.

RESULTS:

A total of 180 women were recruited (134 Latinas and 46 Haitian). HPV self-sampling was selected by 67% women. Among those selecting traditional screening, 22% were not screened 5 months postrecruitment. Over 80% of women agreed HPV self-sampling was faster, more private, easy to use, and would prefer to use again. Among clinic staff, 80% agreed they would be willing to incorporate HPV self-sampling into practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

HPV self-sampling was both acceptable and feasible to participants and clinic staff and may help overcome barriers to screening.

PMID:
26890012
PMCID:
PMC5311459
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2015.5469
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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