SACEMA researchers attend WHO meeting on development of new cervical cancer screening guidelines

In March SACEMA researcher Cari van Schalkwyk and Research Fellow Brian Williams attended a meeting in Montreux, Switzerland organised by the World Health Organisation. The aim of the meeting was to discuss methodology to inform the new cervical cancer screening guidelines that will be released later this year. Modelling will play a substantial role in deciding on the screening algorithms that will have the greatest impact on reducing cervical cancer incidence. Cervical cancer is an AIDS defining illness and women living with HIV is at substantially increased risk of developing this cancer. Screening tests have differential diagnostic accuracy by HIV status, and women living with HIV have to be screened more often than HIV negative women. The 2020 WHO guidelines will be the first set of recommendations informed by modelling the natural history of HPV and cervical disease in HIV positive women specifically.

While in Switzerland, Cari gave a seminar to the members of the IeDEA consortium based at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern. Below from left to right Brian william and Cari van Schalkwyk

 
 
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