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Early Treatment Reduces Risk of Anal Cancer in People With HIV

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RichardUK

Why isn't the Gardasil vaccine being offered to / given to everyone regardless of their age and regardless of whether they have been, they currently are or they are intending to become sexually active? Is cost the only reason everyone isn't being offered it? Answer me, please, someone in the know.

November 6, 2021 UK

NaomiJay

Although this study included only people living with HIV, the results will impact health care for so many other people considered at risk for anal cancer including gay men, people who are immunosuppressed (organ transplant recipients or autoimmune syndromes) and women with a history of gynecologic cancers or high-grade lesions. I am proud to have been part of this study as a provider. Please ask your provider about an anal cytology (Pap test) and insist on an annual digital anal rectal exam!

October 27, 2021 San Francisco

Uzima6

I found out in 2015 the lesions started in 2011. But the GYN doctor at the time did not have the right information or tools to help me. I had my womb removed in 2016 (full hysterectomy) and my anal skin has been cut. It 6 years later and many biopsy. I feel as I've been left out of the loop. I don't understand why my doctor did not put me on this study? I thank poz for doing stories like this. You're helping me learn more on my issues around this. Am going for a colonoscopy and endo soon.

October 13, 2021 Manhattan

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