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Symptoms of anal problems include discomfort, itchiness or pain, discharge or bleeding, lumps, bumps, ulcers or sores. If you have any of these symptoms seek professional advice right away. Vaccinating against Human papillomavirus and incorporating an anal screening exam into your regular STI check-up are two methods to help prevent contracting anal cancer.

Anal cancer is the most common non-AIDS defining cancer in someone living with HIV in Australia and gay men are more than 20 times more likely than others to develop the condition. Early diagnosis increases the chance of treatment curing the cancer. 

See also Sexual health.

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