A Pap smear for men.
Like cervical cancer, anal cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus, the most, common sexually transmitted disease. The cancer is more common in gay men than in straight men, and it is estimated that up to 35 of every 100,000 gay and bisexual men develop the disease each year. "We've stopped short of calling for implementation of HPV screening in gay and bisexual men for the simple practical reason that there is a paucity of trained clinicians to treat men" who are found to have precancerous cells, said the study's senior author, Joel Palefsky. Currently gay men in San Francisco, New York, and Boston have access to treatment. Training programs are currently being implemented for physicians in other areas.
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|Title Annotation:||the Pap test can also help detect cancer for gay men|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 18, 2000|
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