Jo's Trust research results - disabled people struggling to access cervical smears
Today they’re releasing their research that has found that women with physical disabilities and physically debilitating symptoms as a result of a long term health condition are struggling to attend, or even being denied access to, cervical screening.
You can find it at: www.jostrust.org.uk/invisible
We have found:
- Two thirds have said they have been unable to attend cervical screening because of their disability
- Half have not attended due to a previous bad experience related to their disability or worry about how people would react
- Stigma and prejudice is prominent as 1 in 5 women have been assumed not to be sexually active by their GP or nurse.
We are calling for GP practices to review their policies and practice, along with training and inspections to address adjustments for women. We are also calling for more research to be conducted in order to look at the most effective way to offer cervical screening to this group of women.
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