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Awareness of Cervical Cancer and Willingness to Be Vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus in Mozambican Adolescent Girls

Awareness of Cervical Cancer and Willingness to Be Vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus in Mozambican Adolescent Girls

Author: 
Azucena Bardají
Carolina Mindu
Orvalho J. Augusto
Aina Casellas
Olga Cambaco
Egas Simbine
Graça Matsinhe
Eusébio Macete
Clara Menéndez
Esperança Sevene
Khátia Munguambe
Publication Date
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Affiliation: 

Universitat de Barcelona (Bardají, Casellas, Menéndez); Consorcio de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, or CIBERESP (Bardají, Menéndez); Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça, or CISM (Bardají, Mindu, Augusto, Cambaco, Macete, Menéndez, Sevene, Munguambe); Aga Khan Foundation (Simbine); Mozambique Ministry of Health (Matsinhe); Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Sevene, Munguambe)

This study evaluates the feasibility of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among adolescent girls in Mozambique - to assess the beliefs, awareness, attitudes, and behaviours of the populations and providers involved - in order to support the success and sustainability of HPV vaccine introduction before moving towards national-scale implementation.

As reported here, cervical cancer incidence rates in Mozambique are worrisome. This is largely due to the fact that in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the prevalence of HPV infection is the highest in the world, that cervical cancer screening programmes are rare or operate with limitations, and that high-quality treatment is either unavailable or unaffordable. The highly prevalent co-infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in these settings also increases the risk of HPV infection and progression to cancer.

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Papillomavirus Research, Volume 5, June 2018, Pages 156-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pvr.2018.04.004. Image caption/credit: "Women wait outside the family clinic, Boane, Mozambique, Nov. 20, 2014." (Gillian Parker/VOA)

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