Knowledge and beliefs about anal cancer screening among gay and other men who have sex with men remains unclear, despite data that suggests significant risk for intra-anal HPV-related cancers.
Nevertheless, community-based screening activities may be most effective when stake-holder perspectives are addressed. We conducted four focus groups among 16 male and 3 female health care advocates experienced in working with diverse gay and other men who have sex with men in Los Angeles.
Facilitators were community screening sites, novel strategies such as home testing, health care system changes and targeted educational campaigns, which may increase anal cancer awareness and screening among ethnically diverse men who have sex with men. Human papillomaviruses HPVs have been divided into high-risk hrHPV and low-risk virus types, based on their historical association with cervical cancers Bosch et al.
Worldwide, almost all cervical cancers are causally associated with infection by hrHPV types, and data suggest the majority of anal cancers may be similarly associated with hrHPV infections Bosch et al. HPVs are easily passed between sex partners through direct skin-to-skin contact. Some data suggest that condoms are not protective, which is likely due to the inability of condoms to cover all affected surfaces.
In women, HPV infections and related cervical cancers have long been associated with receptive vaginal intercourse; both are Anal fuck bisex bj action associated with virginal women. Anal cancers that arise at or near the dentate line of the anus intra-anal are often misclassified or reported together with external perianal malignancies, which are etiologically different. In fact, epidemiological and molecular studies indicate that, like cervical cancers, intra-anal malignancies may be more clearly linked to infection by hrHPVs than are external perianal malignancies.
Molecular studies show that hrHPVs promote and initiate cancer. Additionally, intra-anal malignancies in men were recovered from gay men exclusively whereas perianal tumors were recovered from heterosexual men. Nonetheless, even though cancers are rare, genital hrHPV infections are common in the general population.
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Since so many people are affected, developing innovative treatments may depend on demonstrating need through screening and early detection. Additionally, if anal lesions are similar to cervical lesions, early detection allows a greater opportunity for medical surveillance and, possibly, for less invasive treatment options before malignancies develop.
HPVs cause changes in cell nuclei that are readily detected using microscopy. The Pap test was developed nearly years ago by George Papanicolaou to show the atypical nuclear characteristics of abnormal cells: Pap testing can be used similarly to examine anal cell samples to diagnose mild abnormalities, sometimes Anal fuck bisex bj action dysplasias or atypias, and malignant changes.
Currently, experts suggest that the rate of anal cancer diagnosed among immunocompetent gay men rivals the cervical cancer rate observed among women prior to the Anal fuck bisex bj action of mass cytology screening strategies begun in the mid s Melbye, Rabkin, et al. Nonetheless, data and molecular studies support the notion that HPV infection is largely cleared by acquired human immune responses among immunocompetent individuals.
HIV-infected individuals survived only about 10 years on average after primary infection, and, until recently, anal cancer remained quite rare among HIV-infected men and women.
Ironically, as patients are living longer with effective HIV treatment, enough time may pass for anal cancers to develop.
The purpose of this investigation was to explore barriers and facilitators to anal cancer screening among diverse gay communities. This study is part of broader efforts to understand HPV infection from a clinical and biological perspective in a different sample of HIV-infected men that underwent anal Pap testing, examination using high-resolution anoscopy HRA and medical biopsy, where indicated. We recognize That it is also imperative to understand the social context of the disease.
Our own biological work has focused Anal fuck bisex bj action HPV—host cell interactions on the molecular level, with the hope of characterizing a biomarker of HPV infection that will allow us to predict who is at highest risk for progressing to cancer Wiley et al.
Before planning long-term diagnostic and treatment strategies, it is imperative that we first address the issues of HPV awareness and willingness to participate in anal cancer screening; thus, it is timely to solicit perspectives of gay men and community health advocates regarding anal cancer screening.
Four focus groups were conducted among 16 men and 3 women in community sites.
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Anal fuck bisex bj action Participants were recruited from a list of individuals who were known by project advisors and key informants to be community-based health advocates who worked with ethnically diverse gay and other MSM living in the greater Los Angeles area. We chose to recruit community advocates and service providers in order to canvass perspectives of relevance to diverse communities of gay and other MSM and from informants with knowledge of both the communities and the health care system.
Many of these community advocates were themselves gay men and MSM of color who had particular knowledge from an insider perspective. All participants were aged 18 years or above at the time of recruitment and individually provided written informed consent. Focus group data were collected using a semistructured open-ended focus group interview guide Morgan, After a brief introduction to the focus group, open-ended questions explored general knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs that gay men have about anal cancer Anal fuck bisex bj action and risk for HPV infection and related malignancies.
Next, a brief presentation was made about HPV and HPV screening, along with a presentation of the screening instruments by one of the investigators, a registered nurse and epidemiologist. After the presentation, further discussion was elicited, including questions that arose around the instrumentation and suggestions for facilitating HPV screening among ethnically diverse gay men.
Focus groups were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. All transcripts were uploaded into Ethnograph, a software program for qualitative data analysis. Multiple readings of the transcripts were performed by three independent investigators to identify major themes.
Next, a line-by-line review of the transcripts was performed and first-level codes—descriptors of important categories in the data—were noted in the margins.
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All codes were then entered into Ethnograph, tagged to associated segments of text. Text Anal fuck bisex bj action to each of the first-level codes was then printed and reviewed by three independent investigators, and subcodes were established using a constant comparative method to divide the first-level codes into smaller categories Chamaz, The results correspond to the categories that emerged in the analysis, and all quotations are drawn from the focus group participants.
Barriers to HPV and anal cancer screening emerged in six categories: Distinct issues arose within each of these categories as well as interrelationships among the barriers. Focus group participants suggested that many men who have a history of receptive anal intercourse do not realize that it is important to be screened for HPV and anal cancer.
Male focus group participants were split on the issue of media coverage with regard to anal cancer and Pap testing. Additionally, participants suggested that HPV awareness might also vary with different racial and ethnic groups.
Part of this lack of awareness may also be related to age; focus group subjects thought that younger men would be much less aware Anal fuck bisex bj action the need for a Pap test than older men. Health care professionals may themselves have misperceptions about the importance of anal cancer screening among patients with a history of receptive anal intercourse. In addition, participants expressed that clinicians have limited time to interact with patients in most settings and that they must prioritize what they consider to be most crucial.
This prioritizing, along with misperceptions of risk, may place anal Pap test screening as more or less crucial depending upon the patient, their sociodemographic Anal fuck bisex bj action, and the comfort the provider feels in discussing and performing Pap tests.
While participants seemed to recognize the importance of providers' introducing the idea of an anal Pap test to their patients, many emphasized that health care professionals avoid checking men's anuses.
They might do it in the White gay area, but in Anal fuck bisex bj action Black and brown community they are trying to deal with just HIV. Stigma associated with anal Pap screening emerged as a concern across all focus groups.
There was expressed concern that anal cancer screening alone identifies men as first, engaging in receptive anal intercourse, and second, as being gay.
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Participants stated that the health risks associated with unprotected receptive anal intercourse are well described, have been evident since early in the HIV epidemic, and are openly discussed in the gay community.
Thus, for gay-identified men, unprotected receptive anal intercourse is not socially acceptable within the community due to its implication in spreading HIV infection, syphilis, and other diseases. One participant illustrated the hesitance in disclosing anoreceptive intercourse as the fear of being labeled as submissive or less Anal fuck bisex bj action.
And I guess [they] feel … discriminated … I mean, take the power away from them as being a male and, sometimes it's very difficult to disclose that issue. Stigmatization was also identified specifically within the context of relating to a medical provider.
For example, respondents understood that some discussion of risk status would determine the necessity of anal cancer screening, as routine screening would not be offered to men who have never engaged in receptive anal intercourse.
Thus, respondents noted that even gay-identified men may remain hesitant to explicitly discuss anal Anal fuck bisex bj action with their clinicians: Second, for men who are not openly gay, requesting anal cancer screening inadvertently discloses them as having had sex with other men. It is probably unrealistic to depend on at-risk individuals to acknowledge stigmatizing behaviors, or on clinicians to inquire about them routinely. In our community we are dealing with a lot of people with very little or no income.
You have to use a public health facility to get any treatment.
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Just the stigma of walking into a public health clinic and having anal screening, and maybe seeing a home-boy there, frequently that will prevent our population from seeking the medical attention that they need. Participants reported that anal Pap tests might Anal fuck bisex bj action uncomfortable both psychologically and physically.
Emasculation was described as a substantial cause for apprehension in all men, including those who are gay and engage in anal sex: Participants also mentioned that a patient could become uncomfortable if a gay clinician performed the anal Pap test.
Additionally, there is uneasiness when a clinician performs testing that is considered deeply private. Inadvertent violation of confidentiality by health care providers who are also active social partners in relatively small, local gay communities may deter some men from seeking screening. There was also great perception of physical discomfort associated with the instruments required for the screening procedure, especially those used in high-resolution anoscopy.
Midway through the focus group, participants were encouraged to examine and manipulate a Pro-scope disposable anoscope, endoscopic biopsy forceps, Dacron swabs, and a microscope. The disposable anoscope measures 18 mm at its widest dimension and is designed with an obturator to ease insertion, while the endoscopic forceps are fewer than 3 mm in width, approximately one third the size of a grain of rice.
During the screening procedure, both instruments are inserted 1 to 2 inches at most inside the anal canal. Despite seeing how simple and small the instruments are, participants expressed concerns about simply being penetrated, as well as fear Anal fuck bisex bj action the pain related to biopsy. Most participants thought the largest instrument we employed was too big and would cause significant discomfort when inserted.
One man appropriately challenged his fellow participants, and they had to acknowledge that the size of the largest instrument was still small in comparison to an erect penis. Many participants explained that men have poor knowledge about their perianal genital area, and trepidation about obtaining Anal fuck bisex bj action Pap test because it would publicize a body part that is so private.
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Several participants likened the intra-anal space to a woman's vagina: The perianal region is removed from the normal field of vision and is characterized by tags, bumps, and sometimes fissures; the internal and external anal surfaces are not easily examined by untrained individuals. HIV continues to be the primary health concern in many gay communities and frames most other health problems.
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They suggested that contracting HIV is the most frightening threat, since it is still considered to Anal fuck bisex bj action an extremely serious and often fatal disease. HPV, in comparison, is poorly understood as a cause of cancer and thus may be contextualized as less immediately serious than HIV infection.
The misperception that HPV is not serious may diminish the importance of screening to those at highest risk for malignancy.
It is very hard to find something else that is going to be as high a priority. If I look at anal warts, I am looking at that as curable. However, most subjects were unaware that genital warts are caused by low-risk HPVs rarely associated with cancers, while Anal fuck bisex bj action are consistently associated with specific hrHPV types.
Additionally, HPV-related atypias such as warts and malignancies may be but one of many health concerns faced by gay men. Participants mentioned that gay men were already overwhelmed by the frequency of sexually transmitted diseases, and their comments connoted a general sense of weariness within the community. Participants suggested that this was especially relevant to African American and Latino gay men.
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