In Uganda, a fast, cheap diagnostic test based on vinegar is invigorating the battle against cervical cancer. Health activists are raising money to put it in a mobile clinic and health officials are eyeing a national rollout. First of two stories.
Since the HPV vaccine was approved a year ago, efforts to swiftly implement mandatory vaccinations for young women have run into religious opposition and increasing doubts from health officials. A proposed bill would limit federal funding.
Cervical cancer afflicts women of color and low-income women to a disproportionate degree. That’s why health advocates say a vaccine pending FDA approval in June must be targeted at the populations who need it most.