VIA Strengths and Limitations

VIA StrengthsVIA Limitations
Affordable; low per-capita screening costsHigh inter-operator variability
Point-of-care results; treatment or referral decisions can be taken in the same visitProblematic sensitivity, especially for older women with endocervical lesions
Useful for downstaging of cancers in previously unscreened womenNeed for investments in high-intensity quality assurance efforts
  • Abbreviation: VIA, visual inspection with acetic acid.