The Zipime-Weka-Schista study protocol
The Zipime-Weka-Schista study protocol: a longitudinal cohort study and economic evaluation of an integrated home-based approach for genital multi-pathogen screening in women, including female genital schistosomiasis, HPV, Trichomonas and HIV in Zambia
Multiplathogen home-based self-sampling offers an opportunity to increase access to screening and treatment. Infections include sexually transmitted (HIV, Trichomonas vaginalis (Tv), human papillomavirus [HPV] for cervical precancer detection) and non-sexually transmitted pathogens (Schistosoma haematobium (Sh)) pathogens, in endemic settings with high co-infection prevalence. Chronic infection may lead to disability (female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) and death (cervical cancer). The Zipime-Weka-Schista (Do self-testing sister!) aims to evaluate the validity, acceptability, uptake, impact and cost-effectiveness of multi-pathogen self-sampling for genital infections among women in Zambia.