Journal article

Awareness of human papillomavirus, cervical cancer and its prevention among primigravid antenatal clinic attendees in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional study

Aruni HW de Silva, Nirma Samarawickrema, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, S Rachel Skinner, Ananda Rajitha Wickremasinghe, Suzanne M Garland



Background Cervical cancer is the second commonest cancer amongst Sri Lankan women. With introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to the national immunisation schedule, awareness and prevention of disease underpins vaccine uptake. Knowledge of HPV, HPV-related diseases and attitudes towards prevention and screening among urban women was assessed. METHODS: Primigravids attending Colombo North Teaching Hospital antenatal clinics were recruited over 8 months as surrogates for women who have recently become sexually active. Data through a self-administered questionnaire on three domains were collected (cervical cancer, Pap testing, HPV and vaccine). RESULTS: Of 667 participants (me..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge part funding and lots of enthusiasm from the Lions Club of South East Business Inc., Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia, as well as the Royal Women's Hospital (RWH) HPV research fund. We are grateful to the hospital staff at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital for facilitating our project, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelanyia for maintaining the swabs, and the Royal Women's Hospital, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases for performing all the laboratory analyses. Weexpress our utmost gratitude to all study participants for their invaluable contribution.