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Screening Colonoscopies Urged for HIV-Infected Patients

September 17, 2009

A new study finds that HIV-positive patients have a higher prevalence of colonic neoplasms and should be offered screening colonoscopy.

"Although non-AIDS defining malignancies are rapidly increasing as HIV-infected subjects live longer, little is known about the results of screening for colonic neoplasms (adenomatous polyps and adenocarcinomas) in this population," the authors wrote.

In the current study, the researchers evaluated the presence of colonic neoplasms in two groups: 136 asymptomatic HIV-infected persons age 50 or older, and 272 asymptomatic uninfected control subjects matched for age, sex, and family history of colorectal cancer.

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Comment by: J. P. Minsinger (San Francisco, CA) Thu., Sep. 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm EDT
Can you suggest how frequently a colonoscopy should be done? I had one three years ago, and a couple benign growths were removed. I have had bladder cancer twice in the last three years which was successfully treated. When I had my colonoscopy, I was told that every five years was the normal time between exams.
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