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Why Aren't More Queer Men Getting Anal Pap Smears?

Very few people access -- or even know about -- the test that can help detect whether you have HPV in your anus. But it should be a staple of gay and bisexual men's health care.

Study Highlights the Importance of Regular Anal Cancer Screenings in Gay Men With HIV, Even After Treatment Img

Study Highlights the Importance of Regular Anal Cancer Screenings in Gay Men With HIV, Even After Treatment

Half of HIV-positive gay or bisexual men successfully treated for anal lesions (tissue damage) that can lead to cancer had the same kind of lesions within 24 months, according to results of a recent study.

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Folks With HIV Need HPV Screenings -- And Now There's a Study for That

It's crucial that HIV-positive folks get screened regularly for HPV-related cancers. But a new study explores whether treatment is always necessary -- and it wants you!

Everything You Need to Know About Anal Cancer Prevention and Treatment (Video): A Blog Entry by Nelson Vergel Img

Everything You Need to Know About Anal Cancer Prevention and Treatment (Video): A Blog Entry by Nelson Vergel

Nelson Vergel talks with Dr. Joel Palefsky and Jeff Taylor, two of the nation's top minds in HIV/HPV, to discuss anal cancer, HPV and HIV.

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Anal Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Anal paps aren't indicated for everyone, but are becoming part of routine care for certain populations. Do you need them?

Anal Cancer and HPV: What Do Gay Men Need to Know? Img

Anal Cancer and HPV: What Do Gay Men Need to Know?

Most often, anal cancer is caused by the stunningly common human papillomavirus (HPV). MSM are more likely to get anal HPV than men who only have sex with women. If you add HIV, the infection risk goes up further.

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Using What's in Your Underwear Drawer to Talk About Anal Cancer

You probably don't think about people in their underwear when you think about cancer, but the National LGBT Cancer Network will change that with its Behind Closed Drawers campaign.

Anal Cancer: The Point of No Return -- A Blog Entry by Dave R. Img

Anal Cancer: The Point of No Return -- A Blog Entry by Dave R.

"The problem is, the cold, hard facts about anal cance don't really tell the story of how this affects someone's life both physically and mentally."

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Anal Cancer: How Much Can One Man Take? A Blog Entry by Dave R.

"One way or another he had to overcome the cancer and at least this hospital was the best in the country; he had to have faith in them."

Anal Cancer: One Blow After Another -- A Blog Entry by Dave R. Img

Anal Cancer: One Blow After Another -- A Blog Entry by Dave R.

Cancer is a curious thing nobody knows what the cause is, though some pretend they do. It's like some hidden assassin, waiting to strike at you.

-- W.H. Auden

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