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A Pap smear for men.

The Pap smear, a screening tool used primarily to detect cervical cancer, has saved thousands of women's lives. Now researchers say it can do the same for gay men. A study published in the June issue of The America Journal of Medicine suggests that the test could reduce the rate of anal cancer among men who have sex with 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
Author:S.R.
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 18, 2000
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