Cervical cancer is largely preventable. In the UK, our effective cervical screening programme means that abnormal cell changes and HPV can be detected early. But trans, non-binary and intersex people face challenges and discrimination which prevent them getting the cervical screening they need.
Cervical screening is a prime example of the struggles transgender, non-binary and intersex people experience in healthcare. People who have cervixes but don’t identify as women face barriers when accessing potentially life-saving screenings because of issues with computer systems, discrimination from staff and fears about how they will be treated.