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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.

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Cervical Cancer and HIV -- Two Diseases, One Response

There is a growing awareness of the need to maximize synergies between the AIDS response and efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat cervical cancer through HPV vaccination, education, screening, and treatment.

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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!

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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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Getting to the Bottom of It (Part 2)

You've had your annual rectal exam or anal Pap smear, and this time the test results came back with a red flag. What does this mean, and what exams will you have to get next? Gary Bucher, M.D., explains in this _Positively Aware_ article.

Getting to the Bottom of It (Part 1)

I have witnessed and taken part in the many changes in HIV care over the past 25 years. At the beginning of the epidemic, silence and fear was the name of the game. It took HIV activists taking control of their health care destiny to force the medica...

The Cancer That Dare Not Speak Its Name

When you tell someone you have cancer, the first question you often hear is, "What kind?" Unfortunately, if it's anal cancer, the response may be "colorectal cancer," mumbled ambiguous words, or some other dodge. Discussion -- even mere mention -- of...

Rare Anal Cancer in National Spotlight

A recent TV special and other media coverage of actress Farrah Fawcett's battle with anal cancer have placed the rare disease in the national spotlight. Many cases of anal cancer are linked to certain types of the STD human papillomavirus, the cause...

Human Papillomavirus and Women: The Basics

Genital Warts Cervical Dysplasia Diagnosis and Screening Treating HPV HPV Treatment Chart Pregnancy Treating Cervical Dysplasia Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted virus that causes abnormal growth of tissue on ...

Treatment Issues for Women: Anal HPV and Anal Dysplasia

Anal HPV and Anal Dysplasia Anal HPV is common in women with HIV, especially women who've had genital warts, anal sex, or cervical dysplasia. One large study (called the Women's Interagency HIV Study) found anal HPV in 70% of positive women studied....