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Getting 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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Anal dysplasia - getting more frustrated

HIV pos for 3 years. T cells 1900 on HAART therapy. Pos. anal dypasia (severe) first go around, (mild) second, and third was (moderate). The thought of this ever 6 months the rest of my life is getting old. The literature appears very vague to me...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting.Combination chemotherapy and radiation is used for invasive anal squamous cell cancer and this approach is not appropriate for management of anal dysplasia (which is a precancerous condition). There are no studies that... Read more »

Anal Cancer

I have had some serious problems lately. I have been living with HIV for over 20 years now and have been on meds for the last ten years. Recently I was diagnosed with Squamous cell cancer once again. Do you know what can be done for this to not...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Maintaining good HIV suppression and good CD4 levels is an important aspect of maximizing good health for many patients. Many HIV+ patients may be at risk for a variety of liver and GI problems including perhaps risk for colon cancer (thus... 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

hi nelsoni have read again and again about anal cancer cases on rise in gay men ...who are hiv positive...though i am not much into receptive anal intercourse but ya i do it like once a month...any ways...i am positive wid cd 4 cell around...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Anal cancer incidence in HIV in higher in long term survivors and in those with low CD4 cells in the past (nadir CD4 count). But it is good for every HIV positive person to get at least a digital rectal exam once a year, and possibly a pap smear.... 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 Sex w/ my HIV+ Boyfriend

Posted by Escape, 1 Reply
Shortly after I met my partner we found he was HIV+. I have continued to test negative. When we met he said he was versatile, to me this is very important as I do occasionally like to receive. I understand the need to be safe, but he was not... Read more »

HIV transmitted through precum for 4 seconds of anal sex?

Posted by mooch3r, 2 Replies
I am 20 years old male. I am growing extremely anxious about a sexual encounter I had with a man last night. I know I should have known better but I met up with a complete stranger over the net, and he took me to a gay sauna. At one point he tried... Read more »

Insertive Anal - Definite infection?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does being the insertive partner in unprotected anal sex with an HIV + partner DEFINITELY mean that you will be infected. I hear all sorts of stats about this practice that sometimes downplay it and others that exaggerate it as being as dangerous as... Read more »