CEB PhD Completion Seminar 28-Aug-2015: ‘Giving the finger to anal cancer’: screening for human papillomavirus and its sequelae in men who have sex with men living with HIV

11.00am-12.00pm, Fri 28th August 2015
Don Jacobs Room, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton

Dr Jason Ong, CEB, MSPGH

Men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV have a relatively high risk for anal and oral human papillomavirus (HPV) compared with the general population. This increases their risk for oropharyngeal and anal cancer. Despite being a distinctly high-risk group for developing these cancers, there are no consistent guidelines (nationally or internationally) on how to screen for oropharyngeal and anal cancer. During my PhD, I published 7 papers that investigated the role of implementing regular anal examinations into routine HIV clinical care as a method of early anal cancer detection in MSM living with HIV. As very few studies have evaluated this research question, I utilized multiple methodologies (literature review, quantitative, qualitative and economic evaluation) to address this aim. Secondly, I have published 2 papers that examined a method for improving detection of oral HPV and its persistence in MSM living with HIV.

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