Publish Date: 24/07/2014
We talk a lot about bottoms when discussing gay and bisexual men’s sexual health but do we really know how to look after our bums? At Manchester Pride, The LGF and The University of Manchester want to find out what men think about screening to prevent anal cancer.
Looking after our bodies is something that we aren’t always very good at so it helps to be informed about things that affect our health even if it may feel embarrassing or personal at times.
Since January the University has been working with The LGF to find out what men who have sex with men think about being offered screening to prevent anal cancer. Already some men have taken part in focus groups and surveys helping researchers to understand their views about being offered this type of screening. Now there is to be a special stall at the Manchester Pride Expo to reach out to more guys.
why are we asking men at Pride?
Diagnosis of anal cancer in the UK is rising and whilst it is still a rare cancer, it affects gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men because of the type of sex some men have. If you are the passive partner during anal sex or if your immune system has been affected by HIV you will be at higher risk of acquiring anal HPV (human papillomavirus), and this in turn will increase the risk of anal cancer.
Don’t be alarmed – be informed!
Anal pre-cancerous cell changes that occur are almost always caused by HPV infection. But to find out if a national screening campaign can be implemented we need to know how men feel about this.
So guys if you’re visiting Manchester Pride this year please pop along to the Expo and come and talk to us about what you think and find out more about anal cancer.
As part of the project the team are currently asking men to complete a questionnaire to share their views. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/anal_cancer.