"Refining HPV and Cervical Cancer Disparities Among African American Women: The Prevalence of Cell Abnormality Results"
Jazmine Burnette
Strategic Communications (MS) 
Faulty Sponsor: Zehui Dal, Ph.D.
Presentation Abstract
"The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease that infects millions of people worldwide. According to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), 79 million Americans are infected with HPV (2019). In most cases, HPV will go away on its own. However, if HPV does not clear it up, it is possible to progress into cervical cancer. HPV is most commonly known as the pre-cancerous causative agent of cervical cancer. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition estimated that more than 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and that approximately 4,000 women will die (NCCC, 2019). Disturbingly, most of the African American women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer die (Strohl et al., 2015). Importantly, African American women continue to have the highest mortality rate, “despite having one of the highest Papanicolaou test participation rates compared with women of other races and ethnicities” (Strohl et al., 2015). Therefore, the overarching goal of this study is to bring awareness to the racial and health disparities that systematically prevent and even prohibit African American women from receiving adequate preventative care for HPV and cervical cancer. The qualitative interviewing research method will be used to collect data from this project. Semi-structured interviews will be used to gather focused and contextual data from the personal experiences of the participants. Participants in this study will include fifteen, 25-60 aged African American women. The anonymous women participating in this study will be from varied locations. The anticipated findings from this study will show the barriers that prohibit black women from seeking and accessing adequate healthcare services."

            Keywords: Sex Education, African American Women, Health Communication, Interviews, & HPV

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