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Author Topic: Should GARTs be standard of care?  (Read 990 times)

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Offline aztecan

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Should GARTs be standard of care?
« on: May 29, 2007, 04:53:57 PM »
There was much discussion during a recent conference regarding GART tests for everyone and rectal PAP smears for men.

Neither of these is being done here unless there is some good reason to do so. As an example, I have never had either test done.

I have heard the prevailing wisdom from either coast is to do both routinely.

What do folks think? Should they or shouldn't they and why?

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline pozattitude

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Re: Should GARTs be standard of care?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 06:27:59 PM »
There was much discussion during a recent conference regarding GART tests for everyone and rectal PAP smears for men.

What do folks think? Should they or shouldn't they and why?

HUGS,

Mark


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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Should GARTs be standard of care?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007, 07:22:55 PM »
Mark, between smears and now they are saying oral sex causes an increase in throat cancer. I might as well live at the hopital and test everyday. It sounds like they gave up telling women that makeup causes cancer, to sucking dick causes cancer. I'll take my tests as scheduled.

Offline Iggy

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Re: Should GARTs be standard of care?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2007, 07:28:39 PM »
My old doc had his HIV neg gay male patients get a rectal pap smear every two years and his HIV poz gay male patients get one every year.




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Re: Should GARTs be standard of care?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2007, 07:59:46 PM »
yeah i asked my doc and he said the clinic i go to isn't set up to do so they only will on the as needed basis.
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Re: Should GARTs be standard of care?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2007, 10:41:33 PM »
I did not even ask, my doctor told me last year we had to do them yearly .... glad he is "on top of it" so to speak.  if I ever switch doctors I will be sure to ask.
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