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anal itching

Jan 30, 2009

Dr keith, for the past 7 months of taking ARV meds, im doing ok, although just recently im experiencing severe anal-rectal itching, sometimes lessions.could this mean im having rectal cancer or another oppurtunistic infection? thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

Anal itching is common in the general population and may be more common in HIV+ persons. Hygiene issues or a localized fungal infection are common causes. An examination by your primary care provider and/or HIV specialist is recommended to determine the likely cause upon which to base a treatment recommendation. Cancer or a serious opportunistic infection are possible but less likely causes and again the work-up should start with a physical examination. KH

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