Exploring anal self-examination as a means of screening for anal cancer in HIV positive men who have sex with men: a qualitative study
Jason J Ong, Meredith Temple-Smith, Marcus Chen, Sandra Walker, Andrew Grulich, Christopher K Fairley
BMC Public Health | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Anal cancer is relatively common in HIV-positive men who have sex with men(MSM). However there are no clear guidelines on how to effectively screen for anal cancer. As earlier diagnosis of anal cancer is associated with increased survival, innovative ways such as utilizing anal self-examination to identify anal cancer should be explored. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 HIV-positive MSM from a range of ages (35 to 78 years). This study explored acceptability and barriers to implementing ASE as a method of anal cancer screening. Framework analysis was used to identify themes. RESULTS: Seventeen out of 20 men had conducted an ASE before--six (35%) were for ..View full abstract
Awarded by NHMRC Program grant
The authors are grateful to the patients who participated in the interviews. The study was funded by a NHMRC Program grant (568971).