Gay men ‘need pap smear’ – HPV

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Men having sex with men (MSM) are at risk of infection from human papillomavirus (HPV) and should have regular anal pap smears, a medical expert advised on Wednesday.

A study by the Thai Red Cross Aids Research Centre shows that, among men, anal HPV infection which can lead to anal cancer is a high risk, compared with men having sex with women.

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Dr Nittaya PhanuphakPungpapong, deputy chief of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, estimated that 85% of HIV-positive Thai MSM carry some form of HPV, with 58% infected by high risk types of HPV. The infection with high risk HPV types can leads to anal cancer.

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