August #62 : Smear Tactics

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The Miseducation of Nushawn Williams

Smear Tactics

America's Most Unwanted

Stranger Than Fiction

The Bottom Line

Treat Your Cervix Well

Anal Alphabet

Editor's Letter

Mailbox

He The People

All My Children

NEG/POS

Skin To Skin

Say What?

Monkey Business

Calling All Dykes

Live Boys!

Cyber HIVerite

One-Man Wonders

Sound Byte

Catching Up With...

The Breakfast Club

21st-Century Fox

Across the Digital Divide

Arch Enemies

The Hole Truth

Cheap Shots

Gimme a Break!

Comfort Zone - August 2000

Lawnmower Man

Sign of the Times

Plantar’s Punch

Herb of the Month - August 2000

Crack the Combination

Damsels in De-Stress

Fire Escape



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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August 2000

Smear Tactics

Studies show that if you're HIV positive, you're more vulnerable to cervical and anal cancer, two potential killers that you can easily stop up front. Or is that down below?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) comes in more flavors and colors than Baskin & Robbins. Many of its 70-plus strains may be all too familiar, such as the ones that cause warts from top (mouth) to bottom (feet) and, alas, in between (yes, genitals). But 13 other strains, which cause anal and cervical cancer, are truly the ones to watch out for.

Prevention of this extremely common infection is very difficult. Unlike HIV, HPV can be transmitted through touch, though condom use can help limit its penetration. Treatment varies from sorbet smooth (laser removal of a few slightly abnormal cervical cells) to rocky road (extensive surgery on precancerous cells in the anus can keep you rocked by pain for weeks). For women, cervical Pap smears are universally promoted for the screening of abnormal cells, a standard of care that has caused cervical cancer rates to dive. As for anal cancer -- particularly common among gay men, but not unheard of among women and straight men -- the medical community has been slow to catch on, making decisions on screening and treatment a tough nut to crack. For the state of the art on these two dangerous cancers, read on.




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