Victorian lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender diverse and intersex people’s participation in cervical cancer screening

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PapScreen Victoria engaged the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University to survey the cervical screening behaviour of people with a cervix who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) or are same sex attracted.

The research aimed to understand the cervical screening behaviour of people in the target population, who are aged between 18 and 69 years and live in the state of Victoria, Australia. The research questions asked:

1.To what extent do people in the target population participate in the cervical screening program?

2.What do people in the target population know about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its association with cervical cancer and how it is transmitted? Have they participated in the HPV vaccination program?

3.What experiences have people in the target population with cervical screening and what barriers do they experience in accessing sexual and reproductive health care and screening?

4.What are the best and most appropriate ways to communicate with different groups within the target population to increase participation in Pap testing and improve knowledge and awareness about HPV and safe sexual practices?

You can download the full report below as a PDF file

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Cervical Cancer Screening report 446.55 KB
Format: Report
Year of publication: 2015
Author: Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Associate Professor Sue Dyson