Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death in men worldwide. In Australia, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the male population, and accounts for 25-30% of cancers diagnosed each year in men.
Anal cancer is a relatively rare cancer in the general population. However, its incidence among men and women has been steadily increasing.
Gay men experience rates of anal cancer of up to 20 fold higher than the general population. For HIV-positive gay men, the risk is further elevated.
Gay and Bisexual Men’s Prostate and other Cancers Support Group (Brisbane)
- Tony Groom (Information Support) 0418 182 995
- David Wells (Team Leader) 0411 081 653
Gay men are disproportionately affected by HIV and other STIs including gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis. For over thirty years gay men and have fought hard to keep healthy by adopting a number of effective risk reductions strategies.
Today gay men have a growing range of risk reduction strategies which include, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), serosorting, strategic positioning, condoms and treatment as prevention (TasP).
HIV Treatment uptake in Queensland has increased significantly over last five years to the highest level seen, proving gay men are taking control of their health and living normal lives.
By adopting one or more of these strategies, you can significantly reduce your risk of acquiring or passing on HIV and other STIs.
Regular testing has become the norm for most gay men with a typical sexual health screen including rapid point of care testing, as well as rectal and oral swabs.