Prevention of cervical cancer in HIV seropositive women from developing countries: a systematic review protocol

Witness Mapanga, Ahmed Elhakeem, Shingairai Feresu, Fresier Maseko, Tsungai Chipato

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)
300 Downloads (Pure)



Over 85% of cervical cancer cases and deaths occur in developing countries. HIV-seropositive women are more likely to develop precancerous lesions that lead to cervical cancer than HIV-negative women. However, the literature on cervical cancer prevention in seropositive women in developing countries has not been reviewed. The aim of this study is to systematically review cervical cancer prevention modalities available for HIV-seropositive women in developing countries.


This protocol was developed by following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols (PRISMA-P) statement, and the systematic review will be reported in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. Embase, MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL and Cochrane Library will be searched from inception up to date of final search, and additional studies will be located through citation and reference list tracking. Eligible studies will be randomised controlled trials, prospective and retrospective cohort studies, case-control and cross-sectional studies carried out in developing countries. Studies will be included if they are published in English and examine cervical cancer prevention modalities in HIV-seropositive women. Results will be summarised in tables and, where appropriate, combined using meta-analysis.


This review will address the gap in evidence by systematically reviewing the published literature on the different prevention modalities being used to prevent cervical cancer in HIV-seropositive women in developing countries. The findings may be used to inform evidence-based guidelines for prevention of cervical cancer in seropositive women as well as future research.

Systematic review registration

PROSPERO CRD42017054678.

Original languageEnglish
Article number91
Number of pages7
JournalSystematic Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2017


  • developing countries
  • cervical cancer
  • HIV
  • Prevention


Dive into the research topics of 'Prevention of cervical cancer in HIV seropositive women from developing countries: a systematic review protocol'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this