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'I Was Denied Cervical Screening Because Of My Disability'

Friday 29 November 2019


From UK newspaper the Denton Daily:



‘I was denied cervical screening because of my disability‘

By Denton Staff Contributor
November 27, 2019
Copyright © 2019 Denton Daily. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Wrong assumptions

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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