LGBTIQ cervical screening projects

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, but barriers exist that can stop Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people from screening for the disease.

The Institute is supporting ACON to create awareness within the LGBTIQ communities about how cervical cancer can be prevented and detected.

Why are these projects important?

Cervical screening rates among LGBTIQ people are below the state average in NSW, with misinformation and social barriers believed to be deterring many people.

Misunderstanding how the human papilloma virus (HPV) is spread can lead LGBTIQ people to believe they’re not at risk of cervical cancer.

What are the projects doing?

Inner Circle campaign

Inner Circle aims to build awareness and increase participation in the new National Cervical Screening Program that came into effect from 1 December, 2017.

This campaign is the first large-scale, multi-platform effort to introduce the changes to the Program to a community in Australia.

The campaign includes digital, social and direct community engagement approaches, as well as outdoor placements in key sites across Sydney.

It covers important topics including:

  • educating people about cervical cancer
  • explaining cervical cancer screening
  • outlining the changes to the cervical screening program and what they mean
  • sharing practical information about how and where to screening for Cervical cancer.

Visit the Inner Circle website for more information.

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Update - December, 2018

ACON is launching the second phase of the Inner Circle campaign to to keep LGBTIQ communities talking about the importance of regular cervical screening. 'LGBTIQ&A: Your questions, answered by The Inner Circle' is a new social media video series addressing some of the most common questions and concerns about cervical screening.

“Now we’re focusing on making sure our communities have the knowledge they need to understand the test, the reasons behind the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program, and how important it is to stay up to date with screening,” says ACON Deputy CEO Karen Price.

The new videos are going live through December, 2018 and January, 2019.

At Your Cervix project

Beginning in 2017, At Your Cervix engaged with LGBTIQ people across NSW to increase cervical screening rates.

As well as educating and building awareness, the campaign sought feedback and experiences from LGBTIQ people about their barriers and past experiences with cervical screening.

This helped to build the campaign, which focused on increasing screening rates through:

  • educating people about HPV and strategies to reduce transmission
  • sharing personal stories
  • taking part in key events in Sydney and the region
  • offering peer led clinics with cervical screening and STI testing to communities
  • acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of sex, gender and sexualities
  • educating about upcoming changes to the National Cervical Screening Program.
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Support for these projects comes through Screening and Prevention grants from the Institute.

Follow ACON or ACON Here for Women on Facebook, and visit the ACON website to keep up to date with the campaign.

Find out more about cervical screening in NSW.