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Anal Cancer Increasing Among People Living With HIV

September 2010

Anal cancer is emerging as a common non-AIDS defining cancer in HIV-positive people. Anal cancer, like cervical cancer, is caused by infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) -- low-risk types of the virus can cause genital and anal warts. The rate of anal cancer appears to be increasing in the era of antiretroviral therapy.1-5 A recent analysis from Kaiser-Permanente in California estimated the rate of anal cancer among the HIV-positive population to be 174/100,000 person-years -- and even higher among individuals with lower CD4+ counts -- compared to 2/100,000 person-years among the HIV-negative population.

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Comment by: Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW (New York City) Thu., Sep. 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm EDT
Out With Cancer - The National LGBT Cancer Project, our country's LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy national nonprofit, has been concerned about the rise of Anal Cancer incidence among HIV positive presenting men. We are following this issue and helping men through our support groups. Thank you to The Body for posting on this critical topic.
Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW
Director
The National LGBT Cancer Project
http://www.lgbtcancer.org
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Comment by: Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW (New York City) Thu., Sep. 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm EDT
Out With Cancer - The National LGBT Cancer Project, our country's LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy national nonprofit, has been concerned about the rise of Anal Cancer incidence among HIV positive presenting men. We are following this issue and helping men through our support groups. Thank you to The Body for posting on this critical topic.
Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW
Director
The National LGBT Cancer Project
http://www.lgbtcancer.org
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