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Women’s views on human papillomavirus self-sampling: focus groups to assess acceptability, invitation letters and a test kit in the Australian setting

Farhana Sultana, Robyn Mullins, Michael Murphy, Dallas R English, Julie A Simpson, Kelly T Drennan, Stella Heley, C David Wrede, Julia ML Brotherton, Marion Saville, Dorota M Gertig

Sexual Health | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2015

Abstract

Background The study evaluated acceptability, invitation letters and the test kit for a trial of human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling among never- and under-screened women in Australia. Methods: Victorian women, 30–69 years, who had never had a Pap test or were overdue for one, participated. Four focus groups including eight to nine participants segmented by age (30–49 and 50–69 years) and screening history (never- and under-screened) were conducted in August 2013. Discussions were recorded and transcribed verbatim and data analysed using thematic content analysis. Results: The response to the concept of HPV self-sampling was positive. Decision-making was largely influenced by the conten..

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