Journal article

Why are we not screening for anal cancer routinely - HIV physicians' perspectives on anal cancer and its screening in HIV-positive men who have sex with men: a qualitative study

Jason J Ong, Meredith Temple-Smith, Marcus Chen, Sandra Walker, Andrew Grulich, Jennifer Hoy, Christopher K Fairley

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anal cancer is a priority health issue in HIV positive men who have sex with men. Anal cancer screening may be aimed at either detecting the precursor lesion (high grade anal intraepithelial neoplasia(HGAIN)) or early anal cancer. To date no qualitative study has explored the views of HIV physicians regarding anal cancer and its screening. METHODS: We conducted indepth interviews with 20 HIV physicians (Infectious diseases, Immunology, Sexual health, General practice) in different settings (hospital, sexual health centres, general practice) from around Australia. Framework analysis was used to identify themes. RESULTS: HIV physicians viewed anal cancer as a significant health iss..

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