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Integrating self-collecting HPV DNA testing with community health worker programs increases cervical screening coverage
In the study published in Lancet Global Health, researchers found that when community health workers offered self-collecting HPV tests to women, participation rates increased four-fold. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, DNA testing is emerging as a viable alternative to Pap smears in low-resource settings. Earlier studies have shown that HPV DNA testing is as sensitive as conventional Pap smears in detecting cervical disease. An additional benefit of HPV DNA testing is the potential for self-sampling, which allows women to collect their own vaginal swabs in the comfort of their own homes.... Arrossi S, Thouyaret L, Herrero R, Campanera A, Magdaleno A, Cuberli M, Barletta P, Laudi R, Orellana L, & EMA Study team. (2015) Effect of self-collection of HPV DNA offered by community health workers at home visits on uptake of screening for cervical cancer (the EMA study): a population-based cluster-randomised trial. The Lancet. Global health, 3(2). PMID: 25617202  Effect of self-collection of HPV DNA offered by community health workers at home visits on uptake of screening for cervical cancer (the EMA study): a population-based cluster-randomised trial. Ginsburg, O. (2013) Breast and cervical cancer control in low and middle-income countries: Human rights meet sound health policy. Journal of Cancer Policy, 1(3-4). DOI: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2013.07.002  Breast and cervical cancer control in low and middle-income countries: Human rights meet sound health policy