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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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Anal Cancer; can you get it by masturbating

This is a simple but very serious question. Since you can contract anal cancer from homosexual activity, is it possible to also contract anal cancer from excessive masturbation only?Sincerely,Francis ...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You can NOT get anal cancer from masturbating. In fact, you can not get any cancer from masturbating. Masturbation is a completely safe activity. Most cases of anal cancer in gay men are caused by the HPV virus (human papillomavirus, also known... Read more »

Anal cancer risk factors

I was recently diagnosed with anal cancer. I'm curious which risk factor was more important: the fact that I have HIV or that I'm over 50? (I know that being a gay man who had anal sex certainly played a role!)...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
I am sorry to hear about that.The main risk factors for anal cancer with HIV are low CD4, smoking and type and number of human papilloma viris strains you are carrying (the more partners you have the more of these you get). Most cancer become more... Read more »

anal cancer?

Dr. Pierone,It seems that hiv patients still get alot of cases of anal and colorectal cancer? What is being done to prevent these occurences from occuring? And are better drugs being put in for treatment?Lyle...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I think that there are more cases of anal cancer since people are living much longer with HIV and we need to do more to make an early diagnosis. Most cases of anal cancer are related to papilloma virus infections. These viral infections most often... Read more »

Progressing from dysplasia to anal cancer; I've had enough!!

Dr. Dezube:I am 32 years old and have been dealing with HIV for the better part of the last ten years. I also have human papillomavirus and, consequently, have been dealing with high-grade anal dysplasia for six years. What has been truly...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I feel for you. These repeat surgeries sound unpleasant, to say the least. Being HIV-positive does inded speed up the rate by which high-grade dysplasia develops into anal cancer.However, even if you were to be HIV-negative, everything you... Read more »
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I'm trying not to scare anyone, but facts are fact

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
In fact I'm not trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to make a kid's game out of the Bulletin Board. I'm just trying to make everyone realize that 99,9% of people doesn't cover all individuals, when talking about tests... I'm sure that 999 of... Read more »

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 »

HIV Facts, Helplines & Health Advisers In The UK

Posted by Anonymous
For those of you undergoing the HIV Scare Crisis in the UK, I am posting the telephone numbers of the local helplines.

A telephone conversation with someone knoledgeable about the disease (such as the helpline operators) may come in very useful. It... Read more »

FACTS NOT FICTION-WW READ THIS

Posted by Anonymous
Ok, here we go with facts-I have been reading this board on and off for a few years and I am amazed at how we think we have become infected withthe most outrageous things ( ankle biting, lap dances, nipple licking, having sex with dirty glasses,... Read more »