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Colon polyps
Nov 29, 2009

I guess this isn't really a question about meds, but I was hoping you might help. I am 41, pos since 1994, labs are great. Someone told me about a study suggestiong hiv'ers should get an annual colonoscopy as we are more likely to get polyps. Is this true, and is there a short answer as to why?

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Thank you for your question. People with HIV do not need more frequent colonoscopies than people without HIV..it really depends on what the first colonoscopy shows. At age 41 you would not need a colonoscopy for another 9 years since doctors recommend scheduling your first colonoscopy at age 50 unless you're at higher-than-average risk for colorectal cancer or you develop symptoms. If your first colonoscopy shows polyps then you might be asked to have your next colonoscopy earlier (1-3 years after your first) but this decision would need to be arrived after consultation with a colon expert such as a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. Thanks Joe



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