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

Kumar Ilangovan, Erin Kobetz, Tulay Sengul, Erin N Marcus, Brendaly Rodriguez, Yisel Alonzo, Olveen Carrasquillo

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)944-951
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


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