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Among gay men, there has been increased concern in the medical community over the spread of both hepatitis C and human papilloma virus or HPV. Hepatitis C attacks the liver and is associated with liver cancer. Spread of the virus through unprotected sex is rare but possible, and approximately 80 percent of those infected exhibit no symptoms. Among gay men, HPV infection can lead to anal cancer.
“Right now the rates of anal cancer are roughly the same as the rates for cervical cancer were before the medical community began giving regular pap tests,” Joel Ginsberg, executive director for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, said. “There’s a lot of talk [in the medical community] about doing anal pap tests or recommending them for men who have sex with men, men who are having receptive anal intercourse and particularly those who are HIV positive.”