Introduction of the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure to Combat Cervical Cancer in Ethiopia
Cervical cancer is one of the most frequent and leading causes of cancer mortality among Ethiopian women. For women living with HIV and AIDS, cervical cancer poses an even greater health risk as they are more likely to develop precancerous lesions and are more vulnerable to rapid development of these lesions than HIV-negative women. This update discusses the Addis Tesfa project's experience implementing the Loop Electrosurgical Excision procedure to address cervical cancer in Ethiopia.
The single-visit approach to cervical cancer prevention (also referred to as the “See-and-Treat” approach) currently involves visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid wash and treatment of precancerous lesions with cryotherapy.
With increased access to HIV treatment throughout Africa, a generation of HIV positive children is now transitioning to adulthood while living with a chronic condition requiring lifelong medication, which can amplify the anxieties of adolescence.