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Joint diagnosis of cervical cancer and female genital schistosomiasis, step 1.See this 7-minute video for an overview (press link): Sub-Saharan girls and women at risk of Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) are currently not being diagnosed or treated. Health care professionals require several weeks of training and there are only a handful of professionals who are proficient in FGS diagnosis. We are now joining forces with the cervical cancer screening... read more
One-stop-shop for FGS and cervical cancer screening?“Health professionals do not know that bloody discharge, smelly discharge, pain when you have sex or infertility may be caused by Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS)”, the conference participants heard at the virtual IPVC (International Papillomavirus Conference, Toronto November 16-23, 2021 ). “Currently these women are treated mistakenly as though they have cancer or as if they have a sexually transmitted disease, but women and girls may have FGS instead. Their daughters and sisters who use the same source of water for domestic purposes will make up a new generation of women with the same problem, wrongly diagnosed, untreated, misinformed and suffering. For the first time, we are suggesting to pair the diagnosis of cervical cancer and FGS in the same programme, elevating the standard of care.” FGS is a variant of Bilharzia, Schistosoma haematobium, transmitted in fresh water in Africa. The disease lasts for a lifetime. Please listen to world experts in cervical cancer and FGS who are teaming... read more
BRIGHT AcademyBRIGHT Academy is an umbrella organisation for 8 research and health institutions that have focused on Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) since the 1990’s, its researchers are at the forefront of FGS research. They were the first to show an association between FGS and HIV, did the first community-based study on fertility and FGS, showed that children have FGS, and found an association between HPV and FGS. Currently the focus of BRIGHT Academy is on transfer of knowledge to health professionals and management of... read more
- Visual diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis in Zambian women from hand-held colposcopy: agreement of expert image review March 3, 2023 Amy Sturt
- The Presence of Hemoglobin in Cervicovaginal Lavage Is Not Associated With Genital Schistosomiasis in Zambian Women From the BILHIV Study December 21, 2022 Amy S Sturt
- Establishing and Integrating a Female Genital Schistosomiasis Control Programme into the Existing Health Care System November 24, 2022 Takalani Girly Nemungadi
- Absence of lower genital tract lesions among women of reproductive age infected with Schistosoma mansoni: A cross-sectional study using a colposcope in Western Kenya July 8, 2022 Huldah C Sang
- The use of public transport and contraction of SARS-CoV-2 in a large prospective cohort in Norway March 15, 2022 Merete Ellingjord-Dale