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Email: eroger@emory.edu

Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Medishare program for initiating the collaboration of Haitian and American medical teams.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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This was a student funded service trip, no financial support or outside grants.


  • cervical cancer
  • visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (VIA)
  • cryotherapy
  • screen and treat
  • Haiti
  • mobile clinics

Diagnosing Cervical Dysplasia Using Visual Inspection of the Cervix with Acetic Acid in a Wman in Rural Haiti


Journal Title:

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health


Volume 11, Number 12


, Pages 12304-12311

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Cervical cancer remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for women in developing countries, despite the fact that inexpensive, simple and effective screening methods are available. Visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (VIA) can be used as part of a “screen and treat” program to identify precancerous lesions for cryotherapy treatment. This case report details how the VIA screening test was incorporated into the care of a patient presenting to a maternal health clinic in Thomonde, Haiti which was staffed by doctors and medical students from Emory University School of Medicine in collaboration with Haiti Medishare. As demonstrated here, the VIA test requires minimal materials, can be efficiently incorporated into a physical exams, provides immediate results, and is easily demonstrated to and performed by local healthcare providers. The straightforward and sensitive VIA technique is an ideal cervical cancer screening method for resource poor areas.

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