Improving adherence to post-cervical biopsy sexual abstinence in kenyan female sex workers.
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PROBLEM: Cervical biopsies offer a unique opportunity for studying local immune response. To investigate hormonally induced immune fluctuations in cervical tissues of Kenyan female sex workers, we improved biopsy sampling protocol safety. Here, we report on steps taken to minimize exposure to HIV following two cervical biopsies. METHODS OF STUDY: Women were asked to abstain from vaginal intercourse to limit HIV exposure during wound healing with financial compensation. A comprehension tool for informed consent, on-site detection of prostate-specific antigens indicating unprotected intercourse within 48 hr, and bi-weekly text message reminders were implemented. RESULTS: The implemented methods improved compliance with post-procedure abstinence by two times (P = 0.013). Fourteen days following a cervical biopsy, no sign of genital inflammation or change in HIV T-cell target proportion were observed. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides new tools for limiting HIV exposure in studies requiring biopsy sampling among women at risk of acquiring HIV.
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