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242028 A community-based intervention on cervical cancer and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) among Vietnamese American Women
Monday, October 31, 2011
Background: Vietnamese American women represent the ethnic subgroup at greatest risk for cervical cancer. 75% of cervical cancer is caused by two strains of HPV. Low rates of Pap Smear and HPV tests are major contributors. It has been consistently recommended that interventions be culturally and linguistically sensitive to the target population. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a culturally and linguistically appropriate education intervention in increasing HPV knowledge and willingness for self-collection of vaginal sample at home to HPV testing among Vietnamese Americans. Methods: A group randomized controlled design was used in the study. Vietnamese women (n=1,525) were recruited from 30 Vietnamese community-based organizations located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The intervention group received cervical cancer and HPV education. The control group received general health education. Participants completed assessments at pre and post education. Results: Participants of intervention group reported significantly cervical cancer and HPV knowledge increase. After education, the willingness of self collecting a vaginal sample at home to test for HPV is significantly higher in the intervention group than in the control group. However, the willingness is not high in either group (7.6% vs 4.4%). Conclusion: This study suggested that a culturally and linguistically appropriate workshop can be highly effective in increasing Vietnamese women's knowledge about cervical cancer and HPV. However, promoting self-collection of vaginal sample at home to test for HPV might not be viable among this population.
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