Understanding transgender men's experiences with and preferences for cervical cancer screening: A rapid assessment survey

Julia Seay, Atticus Ranck, Roy E Weiss, Christopher Salgado, Lydia Fein, Erin Kobetz

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Abstract

Purpose: Transgender men are less likely than cisgender women to receive cervical cancer screening. The purpose of the current study was to understand experiences with and preferences for cervical cancer screening among transgender men. Methods: Ninety-one transgender men ages 21-63 completed the survey. The survey evaluated experiences with and preferences for screening, including opinions regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling as a primary cervical cancer screening. Results: Half (50.5%) of participants did not have Pap smear screening within the past 3 years. The majority (57.1%) of participants preferred HPV self-sampling over provider-collected Pap smear screening. Participants who reported discrimination were more likely to prefer HPV self-sampling (odds ratio = 3.29, 95% confidence interval 1.38-7.84, P = 0.007). Conclusion: Primary HPV testing via HPV self-sampling may improve cervical cancer screening uptake among transgender men. Future work should pilot this innovative cervical cancer screening method within this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-309
Number of pages6
JournalLGBT Health
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Keywords

  • cervical cancer
  • HPV
  • screening
  • transgender men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Urology

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