Why Women living with HIV Get Late Cervical Cancer

10 October 2017

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death among women living with HIV in Uganda. According to a research study conducted by Dr. Noleb Mugisha, despite being on regular anti-retroviral therapy and regular care in HIV clinics, women living with HIV are usually diagnosed with cervical cancer at a much later stage. This is due to the lack of screening guidelines for cervical cancer at HIV clinics, including no space,equipment or trained personnel for screening. "For a complaint not related to HIV and TB, women are usually referred to another section which solely handles cancer screening. However, some women feel discouraged so they do not go for the screening until it is too late" says Dr. Mugisha.

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