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Experiences of cervical cancer screening in HIV-positive women in Zimbabwe


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Title Experiences of cervical cancer screening in HIV-positive women in Zimbabwe
Creator Mpata, Patience C. Nkosi, Zethu Z.
Subject public health, oncology, nursing adopters and non-adopters of cervical cancer screening; cervical cancer; facilitators; focus group discussions screening; HIV; human papilloma virus; in-depth interviews; qualitative study
Description Background: The primary purpose of screening is to detect individuals in danger of cervical cancer so as to prevent further progression of the disease. Cervical cancer remains a global concern, as it ranks as the fourth most commonly diagnosed female malignancy worldwide. It is the commonest female cancer in Zimbabwe. Women living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a disproportionate risk of invasive cervical cancer, as they are 2–12 times more likely to develop pre-cancerous lesions. As a result of the increased risk, routine screenings are suggested. Few women are screened for cervical cancer in Zimbabwe.Objectives: This study aimed at describing the experiences of screening for cervical cancer and motivation behind screening.Method: The study employed a qualitative research approach. In-depth one to one interviews and focus group discussions were conducted using interview and focus group guides. The study was conducted at an opportunistic infections clinic in Mpilo Central Hospital. Data analysis was performed by using Giorgi’s descriptive method of data analysis.Results: The themes that emerged from data analysis were facilitators to screening for cervical cancer, community awareness of cervical cancer screening, free cervical cancer treatment and more screening centres and integrating cervical cancer screening with HIV care.Conclusion: In-depth understanding of the factors that enable women to take part in cervical cancer screening is essential so that these factors can be strengthened to improve uptake of cervical cancer screening services.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor university of south africa
Date 2021-11-10
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — interview, focus group discussion
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v44i1.2184
Source Curationis; Vol 44, No 1 (2021); 7 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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Coverage — — female
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