James Kangethe, MSc, PhD(c)
Nominated From: University of Washington
Research Site: Kenyatta National Hospital
Research Area: Infectious diseases
Primary Mentor: John Kinuthia
Gene Xpert HPV testing as a new tool to increase uptake of cervical cancer screening among HIV-infected women in Kenya: patient preferences and implementation indicators.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of cervical cancer parallels that of HIV infection indicating an urgent need for an effective cervical cancer screening tool to be implemented among the HIV infected women and consequently lead to efforts of cervical cancer prevention or/ and treatment. This implementation research study aims to determine the utilization of Xpert HPV in cervical cancer screening (patient preferences and implementation indicators of Xpert HPV) at the Kenyatta National Hospital among the HIV infected women on care. This will be a mixed methods study that will employ quantitative and exploratory qualitative analysis.
The research is important as it will provide evidence based data that will be useful in mitigating the sustained cervical cancer incidental and mortality rates among HIV infected women in resource limited settings.
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