December #30 : Like Butt-ah - by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One



Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

Bear Essentials

Brace Yourself

All That Jazz

Respect Your Elders!

Bill of Health

Nunz With Attitude

POZ Picks-December 1997

Don't Mess With Mama

All Yesterday's Parties

The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 1997

Like Butt-ah

by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

A smear a year will ease fear

A swab up the butt may be the next hot ticket as PWAs live longer and face gnarly new foes. Dr. Joel Palefsky, professor at the University of California, San Francisco, reports that a whopping one-third of all HIV positive men nationwide have cell dysplasia, or abnormal growth, in their bums. These lesions are caused by the human papilloma virus, which is acquired through anal penetration and can take up to 10 years to develop into cancer. "We've been trying to get a handle on these lesions, which may progress to anal cancer," Palefsy said. "But we haven't proved that they do progress to anal cancer. Nobody can do that study." The reason? Such nasties, when detected, are removed pronto, so research into their long-term plans is impossible. But Palefsky said that anal cancer is definitely on the rise and that more cases in PWAs haven't been reported because AIDS deaths are typically caused by other conditions. Low-grade lesions, which apparently develop faster in immunocompromised people, should be checked every three to six months, but even people with squeaky clean butts should get a smear once a year.

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