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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 "carcinoma-in-situ": what's the best treatment for this? Will I need my colon to be taken out?

I am HIV positive and I recently identified a small anal wart. I was diagnosed with HIV while being treated for testicular cancer with an orchiechtomy (removal of the testicle) and radiation therapy. However, the radiation treatment had a severe...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I'm glad to hear that your testicular cancer was successfully treated with surgery and radiation. The first thing to say is that you have "carcinoma-in-situ". This is the stage BEFORE invasive cancer. Although invasive anal cancer... Read more »

Anal sex after cancer treatment

I went through a bout with anal cancer this spring. Chemo and radiation got the tumor - all clear now. The radiation ended up narrowing my anal canal. I'm too embarrassed to ask my doc about anal sex. Is it safe or is this part on my sexual...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Congratulations on beating anal cancer!Now what's this nonsense about being too embarrassed to talk to your doctor? You should be able to discuss anything with your physician. If you can't, you need to find a physician with whom you can... Read more »

Does it sound like anal cancer?

I have been having soft yellow stools lately and my rectum feels strange when i contract it. also the place between my scrotum and rectum feels strange. does this sound like cancer. my stomach does not have any pain and as far as i can tell there is...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
There's obviously no way for me to know from your query whether or not you have anal cancer. However, any change in your stool should be checked out. The first step would be see your primary care provider. Further steps will depend upon what... 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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Brief anal dipping with precum, no ejaculation, whats my chances?

Posted by mcclean1993, 1 Reply
Around 5 weeks ago I had my first gay dipping encounter as the receptive bottom. Regretfully there was no condom usage, only mild dipping on his part with the tip of his penis but he did have precum. After around 20 seconds or less I said to stop... 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 »

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 »

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 »