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Cervical cancer screening and HIV testing among homeless migrant women in France

Join us for her presentation, "Cervical cancer screening and HIV testing among homeless migrant women in France:   ¾ what access to prevention services for vulnerable groups?" on Wednesday, October 15 at Noon via Zoom. 

Lorraine Poncet studied political sciences in France and obtained a Msc in public health from the International Health Programme (IHP) in National Yang Ming University (NYMU) in Taiwan. After conducting research at the French National Institute for Medical Research in Paris, she became a Global Health Corps fellow and worked in harm reduction at HIPS, a syringe exchange center in Washington DC. Back in Paris, she coordinated data collection of a survey on the health of homeless migrant women housed in hotels as an emergency housing option in the greater Paris area. Lorraine is currently studying for her PhD in public health at Université Paris Saclay, investigating the sexual and reproductive health and health care access of homeless migrant women in the Paris area. Her research has focused on contraception use, cervical cancer screening and perinatal health. 

Many recently-arrived migrant families have encountered housing instability in France and in the greater Paris area, especially the increased inflow of refugees following 2015. With little financial resources, very limited access to the labor market, and facing long processes of residence permit application, many migrant families depend on the general emergency housing system. This research investigates access to healthcare and utilization of healthcare services in this population of migrant women, who are less likely to be screened even though they have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer than non-migrant women. Migrant women are also more likely to be diagnosed late, negatively impacting treatment, mortality and virus transmission. With economic deprivation increasing infection risk, it is crucial that migrant women be tested repeatedly in the years following migration, as recommended by current national guidelines. This study identifies factors associated with cervical cancer screening and HIV testing in this group, and assesses the mean time since last HIV testing, according to duration of residence in France. The analysis was based on data from the DSAFHIR study (Rights and Health of isolated migrant women housed in hotels), collected in 2017 and including 469 migrant women. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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