Monday, October 19, 2009

Anal cells appear to be the major HIV risk factor


The risk of anal transmission of HIV appears to be more associated with the presence and concentration of vulnerable cells than to low level physical damage associated with anal sex, according to information presented to a sexual health conference at the weekend.

Anal sex, sexually transmitted infections among gay men, and biological infection risk factors were hot topics at the 21st NZ Sexual Health Society conference which convened in Paihia.

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1 comment:

Marco Gomes said...

Anal cancer is a serious condition associated with high rates of illness and death. The prevalence of anal cancer amongst gay men is thought to be similar to that amongst women before screening for cervical cancer was introduced (approximately 35 cases per 100,000).

Further research needs to take place to look at the physical damage associated with anal sex.

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