A clinic-based intervention study was conducted among high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV)-infected Latinas aged 18-64 years between April 2006 and May 2008 on the Texas-Mexico border. Women were randomly assigned to receive a printed material intervention (n=186) or usual care (n=187) and were followed at three months, six months, and 12 months through telephone surveys and review of medical records. The HPV knowledge of nearly all women had increased greatly, but only two-thirds of women reported they had received follow-up care within one year of diagnosis regardless of additional health education messaging. Our findings suggest that, regardless of type of health education messaging, Latinas living on the Texas-Mexico border are aware that follow-up care is recommended, but they may not receive this care. Individual, familial and medical care barriers to receipt of follow-up care may partially account for the higher rates of cervical cancer mortality in this region.

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Published in Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, v. 26, no. 4, p. 1440-1455.

Copyright © 2015 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 26, Issue 4, November, 2015, pages 1440-1455.

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This research was supported by grant number P20 MD000170 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.