Research Mentor(s): Diane Harper, Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Family Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 14
Cervical cancer is mainly caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and is easily preventable by performing HPV screenings every five years, a PAP smear every three years, or both every five years for women over the age of 30. While a number of women are getting regularly screened, there are still populations of women who are under-screened because of cultural beliefs, lack of access to screening, the burden of taking time off of work, and other factors. In this study, women from under-screened populations recruited through community partners are sent HPV self-sampling kits to be used at home which include a vaginal sample and a urine sample. The participants are then interviewed over the phone to collect quantitative and qualitative data for the feedback for self-sampling. The study is ongoing and the results are yet to be analyzed. Results from the study can be used to help approve self-sampling HPV testing to be used by physicians and women which will provide women an opportunity to be screened easily and provide access to cervical cancer screening to women in under screened communities and countries.
Authors: Christelle El Khoury, Elizabeth Haro, Diane Harper, Priya Kaur, Martha Alves
Research Method: Clinical Research