July/August #173 : HIV-Positive? Get Screened for Anal Cancer - by Laura Whitehorn

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July / August 2011

HIV-Positive? Get Screened for Anal Cancer

by Laura Whitehorn

All positive people can—and should—be screened for anal cancer, says a recent VA study.

Testing their HIV-positive clients for anal cancer, the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Miami found a high rate of precancerous anal lesions (and two cases of cancer)—nearly 15 percent, whether or not the clients had a history of anal sex. Many providers and researchers believe early detection and treatment can cut down on complications and death.

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