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'I Was Denied Cervical Screening Because Of My Disability'
Friday 29 November 2019
‘I was denied cervical screening because of my disability‘
Women with physical disabilities often have to fight to access cervical screening, with some denied it altogether, a charity is warning.
Some said they hadn’t had smear tests for years because hoists were unavailable and testing at home was not an option, a report found.
Other women said they felt invisible and their needs were not understood.
Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be passed on through sexual [contact].
But many physically disabled women said it was assumed they were not sexually active and so not at risk.
Others, including Jo Moss, who has chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME, and fibromyalgia complained about the lack of alternatives on offer.
“My condition means that I cannot sit or stand for more than five minutes without pain or dizziness and I am therefore unable to leave my bed,” she said.
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