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Ask the Doctor: What Is HIV-Related Anal Cancer?

Every month HIV specialist Theresa Mack, M.D., M.P.H. -- an associate medical director at St. Luke's Medical Group in Harlem, N.Y. -- will answer your most pressing HIV/AIDS questions. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually trans...

Anal Cancer

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...

Anal Cancer

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...

Anal Cancer

Personal Perspective -- The Good Patient: Fighting Anal Cancer

Five years ago, at age 50, my doctor suggested I get an anal Pap smear. "What's that?" I asked. She told me it was a test for precancerous lesions caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and that any gay man with HIV should have one done on a regular b...

Anal Cancer

HRA Screening Is Most Cost-Effective for HIV-Positive Men

In late 2010, results from a Canadian study showed that using HRA, or high resolution anoscopy, is the most cost-effective way to screen for anal cancer. With HRA, a doctor uses a small camera called an anoscope to look at and take a tissue sample fr...

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Spectrum of Cancer Risk Late After AIDS Onset in the United States

"Persons living with AIDS today remain at elevated cancer risk. Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), widely available since 1996, prolongs life, but immune function is not fully restored," noted the study authors, who assessed long-term canc...

Cervical Cancer

No Pap Smears for Women Under 21: Guidelines

Most women should not bother getting a Pap test until they turn 21, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). However, certain populations under 21 that still do need screening are detailed in new ACOG guidelines. E...

Substance Use

Smoking Tied to Lung Cancer in Women With HIV

A new study finds HIV-positive women and those at risk of acquiring the virus are more likely to develop lung cancer compared to women in the general population. While people with HIV have a much higher risk for many cancers, it is not clear whether...

Anal Cancer

Screening for Anal Cancer Better Defined but More Study Is Needed

Cases of anal cancer are on the rise in people living with HIV. Part of this is due to more attention being paid to the condition and people with HIV living longer lives. Screening tools are being better defined yet there is controversy over screenin...

Anal Cancer

Farrah Fawcett's Anal Cancer: Fighting the Stigma

Because she went public with her battle against anal cancer, doctors are hopeful that Farrah Fawcett's legacy will be an increased awareness of the illness and an end to the stigma that surrounds it. The actress and 1970s sex symbol died of the disea...