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HPV self‐sampling acceptability and preferences among women living with HIV in Botswana

Kohler, Racquel E., Elliott, Tamara, Monare, Barati, Moshashane, Neo, Ramontshonyana, Kehumile, Chatterjee, Pritha, Ramogola‐Masire, Doreen and Morroni, Chelsea ORCID: (2019) 'HPV self‐sampling acceptability and preferences among women living with HIV in Botswana'. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Vol 147, Issue 3, pp. 332-338.

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Objective: To assess the acceptability and preferences of HPV screening with self- sampling and mobile phone results delivery among women living with HIV (WLWH) in Botswana, as an alternative to traditional speculum screening.Methods: WLWH aged 25 years or older attending an infectious disease clinic in Gaborone were enrolled in a cross- sectional study between March and April 2017.Women self- sampled with a flocked swab, had a speculum exam, and completed an interviewer- administered questionnaire about screening acceptability, experiences,and preferences.Results: Of the 104 WLWH recruited, 98 (94%) had a history of traditional screening. Over 90% agreed self- sampling was easy and comfortable. Ninety- five percent were willing to self- sample again; however, only 19% preferred self- sampling over speculumexam for future screening. Preferences differed by education and residence with self- sampling being considered more convenient, easier, less embarrassing, and less painful. Speculum exams were preferred because of trust in providers’ skills and women's low self- efficacy to sample correctly. Almost half (47%) preferred to receive results via mobile phone call. Knowledge of cervical cancer did not affect preferences.Conclusion: HPV self- sampling is acceptable among WLWH in Botswana; however, preferences vary. Although self- sampling is an important alternative to traditional speculum screening, education and support will be critical to address women's low self- efficacy to self- sample correctly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Viruses > QW 160 Viruses (General). Virology
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV infections
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 11:48
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2020 01:02


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