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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 »

Bowen's "anal cancer" Disease

I just read your article on Anal Cancer, which I was recently diagnosed with. There seems to be no one in my area well versed in the treatment of this, so I am trying, so far without success, to find a doctor who has treated this and can provide me...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
There are physicians that are well versed in the management of anal cancer complicating HIV infection depending on where you are moving in Florida. The academic centers are in Tampa, Gainesville, and Miami. But there are also a number of experts... 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 »

What are the warning signs of anal cancer?

Hi Dr. Bruce, Could you tell me, what would be some warning signs of anal cancer? I occasionally have a little blood in my stools. What would you advise? Thank you,Concerned...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Anal cancer can indeed present at change in bowel habit; blood in stool, pain with bowel movements, lump or bump in the area, and so on. Most anal cancers in HIV'ers are related to the human papillomavirus (HPV); HPV causes anal warts. Many... 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 »

AIDS and Cancer

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I've been living with HIV now for at least 10 years, this year I got diagnosed with Anal Cancer and have undergone treatment with Radiation and Chemotherapy which has been more difficult to recover from than I ever thought it would be. It's 6 months... Read more »

do genital warts cause cancer in men

Posted by team1, 1 Reply
they do cause cervical cancer in women among other things. but its been stated that the warts are harmless to men? is that true? Read more »