Cervical Cancer Screening Knowledge and Behavior among Women Attending an Urban HIV Clinic in Western Kenya.

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Journal Article

Cervical cancer is a highly preventable disease that disproportionately affects women in developing countries and women with HIV. As integrated HIV and cervical cancer screening programs in Sub-Saharan Africa mature, we have an opportunity to measure the impact of outreach and education efforts and identify areas for future improvement. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 106 women enrolled in care at an integrated HIV clinic in the Nyanza Province of Kenya 5 years after the start of a cervical cancer screening program. Female clinic attendees who met clinic criteria for cervical cancer screening were asked to complete an oral questionnaire assessing their cervical cancer knowledge, attitudes, and screening history. Ninety-nine percent of women had heard of screening, 70 % felt at risk, and 84 % had been screened. Increased duration of HIV diagnosis was associated with feeling at risk and with a screening history. Nearly half (48 %) of women said they would not get screened if they had to pay for it.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosser, JI; Njoroge, B; Huchko, MJ

Published Date

  • September 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 567 - 572

PubMed ID

  • 25595965

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25595965

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-0154

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-8195

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13187-014-0787-7

Language

  • eng