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Self Exam For Anal Cancer

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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 Exams

I was diagnosed with HIV+ 19 years ago. In 1995 I had excision of HPV lesions in the anus and approximately 7 years ago had a couple of lesions removed in the doctors office. I have never had a low CD4 count and to my knowledge no detecable viral...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

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There are no guidelines currently set about anal cancer diagnosis. But many doctors are referring their patients to colon-rectal surgeons every two years or so to get high resolution anoscopies. Others just use anal pap smears as a first step to... Read more »

Anal Cancer - Should I be concerned?

Nelson, I know you are a long term survivor. What have you done to make sure you do not have anal cancer? I am so afraid of it since I read we have like 10 times the rate.Carlos...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

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CarlosLike you, i am also very concerned about anal cancer since I have been living with HIV for over 25 years.In the United States, the rate for anal cancer in the general population is 1 case per 100,000 people; among HIV-negative men who have sex... Read more »

Anal Cancer

I'm 56 y/o & I've been HIV+ for 25 years. In the year 2008, I was diagnosed with "NIA 3, Intense Dysplasia in the anal canal". I get an anoscopy every year to follow up. The last one reports Dysplasia with signs of HPV...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

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Dear RussellThe following information was included in some of my past answers, plus an additional update on anal cancer. In the United States, the rate for anal cancer in the general population is 1 case per 100,000 people; among HIV-negative men... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

A Hypochondriac's Guide To Self-Diagnosis

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
This should help you diagnose your condition by the symptoms. No tests are necessary. (They almost always give false negatives.)

1) Do you have floaters in the eyes?
No - keep reading.
Yes - you have CMV retinitis and full-blown AIDS.

2) Do you... Read more »

Anxiety, the self-fullfilling prophecy

Posted by sleeplessincali, 1 Reply
I have had three vey real events that warrant testing for HIV since late November of last year; all with the same person. The level of risk is debatable, never the less there was some and it is real. Well maybe only two where really concerning. The... 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 »