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Dealing With Anal Cancer When You Have Hiv

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Anal Cancer, HIV and Gay/Bisexual Men

In the general population, anal cancer is a rare disease. Few people knew about it before Farrah Fawcett made public her struggle with the illness. Among men who have sex with men (MSM), and especially HIV-positive MSM, the incidence of anal cancer is significantly more prevalent and increasing annually. 1 However, the majority of gay and bisexual men know little about the disease, have never been tested for it, nor know that screening tests...
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Chemotherapy and radiation for anal cancer? Can HIV positive patients get these therapies?

Are chemotherapy and radiation for anal cancer contraindicated in HIV positive patients?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
HIV-positive patients are at an increased risk for developing anal cancer as a consequence of HPV (human papilloma virus infection). We recommend anal PAP smears as a way of catching such lesions early (please see my separate response on Anal PAP... Read more »

Anal Cancer Testing for HIV+HPV Infection

Ok, Inspired by the recent publicity of Farrah Fawcett's current cancer struggle. One doctor on CNN did say that people with HIV & HPV are at higher risk for anal cancer. I am a 35 year old HIV Positive gay male, Minor battle with anal...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Farrah Fawcett Fan,Your HIV specialist should monitor you with anal pap smears on a yearly basis as well as with periodic visual inspection and digital rectal exams. Colonoscopy should be done at age 50; sooner if certain symptoms, such as bloody... Read more »

Anal Dysplasia, HPV, Cancer, HIV

I have recently had an anal pap smear and dont understand the diagnoses, if or if not something is wrong, can you help me out? Clinical History: HIV Pos, HPV, and History of Anal Cancer.DiagnosisA) Anus - Reactive superficial squamous cells present...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It doesn't appear that any is wrong given that report. That could be a good thing, or the sampling was not sufficient and there wasn't enough cells from any area of concern.... Read more »

HPV Vaccine & Anal Cancer (HPV VACCINATION IN HIV POSITIVE ADULT MALES, 2011)

I'm a 45 year old male who has been on Atripla for about four year now. I will like to know if a HPV vaccine prevent me developing anal cancer?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.Definitive studies are underway assessing the safety and efficacy of Gardasil in poz men. See link below. You can discuss whether Gardasil would be appropriate for you with your HIV physician specialist.Questions we are still evaluating... Read more »
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Anal cancer

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I tested positive 14 years ago, and have had several AIDS complications. But this is my most recent cause for alarm:
My rectal surgeon has been monitoring and burning off my anal warts for the past 2 years. Recently, we decided one recurring spot... Read more »

Anal wart surgery

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
I am about to have surgery for anal warts that I have in my anal canal. I was wondering if anyone else has had the outpatient surgery and tell me wht it's like post-op. when will I be able to go back to work? How long am I likey to be in discomfort? Read more »

anal sex=HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I just read something suggesting that maybe AIDS is the result of drugs and anal sex. Think about this: you are having a foreign substance shot into your bloodstream--after so much fighting off "invaders" or semen maybe the immune system is... Read more »

HIV from protected anal

Posted by spiritflame67, 1 Reply
Can you get HIV from protected anal sex? The condoms had no holes nor did it break or have anything abnormal. Could I have gotten HIV from this?? Read more »