November 14, 2019
HPV self screen a game changer
A Māori health leader says a new self-administered test for cervical cancer is a game changer and should be funded by the government.
Lady Tureiti Moxon from Hamilton-based Te Kōhau Health Centre spoke this week to parliament’s Māori Affairs committee in as part of a submission by Victoria University’s Te Tātai Hauora ō Hine Centre for Women's Health Research, Victoria University.
She says the self-test for HPV can get around some of the financial and cultural barriers that mean 60,000 wahine Maori go untested.
“We need to be allowing women to do this in the privacy of their own homes or to do it for themselves instead of the invasive way we do it which is the only way we have been doing it for 20 years or more, to try other things so that encourages our women to self-test so that they know whether or not they have something to worry about,” Lady Moxon says.
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