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LECTURE AS AN INTERVENTION ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE CERVIX WITH 4% ACETIC ACID (VIA) AS CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING METHOD AMONG FEMALE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN MAHAYAG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
Author: SHIELA MAE S. FLORES-CUEVAS
Date: April 2016

This was a pre- and post interventional study which aims to determine the effect of lecture as an intervention on the acceptance of visual inspection of 4 % acetic acid (VIA) as a screening method for detection of cervical cancer among female secondary school teachers in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. Fifty teachers were selected thru purposive sampling technique and were exposed to a lecture after which a free VIA testing was offered at the end of the study. Prior to the intervention, the actual VIA practice of the respondents is zero. However, after the intervention, respondents practice and acceptance to the new method advocated by the government showed a significant increase of 78% which signifies that once educational approach in the form of lecture is performed, a radical procedure such as putting an acetic acid (vinegar) into one’s cervix is rated acceptable among the target individuals. Furthermore, among those who never had any cervical cancer screening method like pap smear prior to the intervention, 71. 4% of them submitted themselves to VIA testing during the post intervention period. Looking at the practice of VIA testing being unnecessary if there are no signs and symptoms, the practice improved after the intervention. After having gone through with the result, this study concluded that in the setting where free VIA testing was provided, the acceptance and practices of the respondents towards VIA uptake has increased significantly after the intervention.

Keyword: cervical test VIA screening test acetic acid Mahayag zamboanga del sur

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