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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 15, No. 3, 2015, pp. 755-761
Bioline Code: hs15105
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2015, pp. 755-761

 en Acceptability of self-collected vaginal samples for HPV testing in an urban and rural population of Madagascar
Broquet, Céline; Triboullier, Deborah; Untiet, Sarah; Schafer, Sonja; Petignat, Patrick & Vassilakos, Pierre


Objective: To evaluate the acceptability of self-collected vaginal samples for HPV testing in women living in rural and urban areas of Madagascar.
Materials and Methods: Participants were recruited in a health care center (urban group) and smaller affiliated dispensaries (rural group). They were invited to perform unsupervised self-sampling for HPV testing and to answer a questionnaire on socio-demographic information, cervical cancer knowledge and self-sampling acceptability.
Results: A total of 300 women were recruited. Median age was 44.1 years (range 29-65 years) in the urban group and 40.9 years (range 29-65 years) in the rural group. Urban women had improved knowledge on HPV, cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening (p<0.05) as compared to rural women. Urban women lived closer to a health care center (P<0.05), had fewer different sexual partners (P<0.05) and later first sexual intercourse (p=0.07). Unlike urban women, most rural women were married (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Acceptability of self-sampling for HPV testing was similarly excellent in both groups despite their difference in terms of socio-demographic factors and knowledge about cervical cancer.

Madagascar, HPV DNA Tests, Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia

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