Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Mitchell Clark, MD


Cervical cancer screening is important for detecting disease in its early stages when it is most treatable. However, disparities exist in accessing screening tests, placing a higher burden of morbidity and mortality on vulnerable populations including sexual trauma survivors. Human papillomavirus self-sampling is a method that has gained research attention as a potential way to increase screening participation among underscreened populations, yet no existing research has evaluated self-sampling among sexual trauma survivors. In this randomized controlled trial, we will compare the proportion of women who participate in cervical cancer screening after receiving a mailed kit for human papillomavirus self-sampling versus receiving an invitation to complete Pap testing among sexual trauma survivors. This study will give insight to whether this non-pharmacological intervention has an effect on cervical cancer screening participation and therefore affects overall morbidity and mortality from the disease among this population.