Preliminary results of a screening program for anal cancer and its precursors for HIV-infected men who have sex with men in Vigo-Spain

Rev Esp Enferm Dig. 2017 Apr;109(4):242-249. doi: 10.17235/reed.2017.4274/2016.


Background: Men who have sex with men (MSM) infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have the highest risk of developing anal cancer (AC). The objective of this study was to describe our screening implementation program in this population, and report the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) anal infection, and cytological and histological findings in a Spanish medium-size community (Vigo, Spain).

Method: Prospective cohort analysis of 240 HIV-infected MSM. Cellular anal sample and high risk HPV (HR-HPV)-tests were performed to study cytological changes and HPV genotyping. High resolution anoscopy (HRA) was performed in 209 patients. Results were analyzed with respect to epidemiological, clinical and analytical factors.

Results: Of 209 patients selected for HRA, the prevalence of HR-HPV anal infection, cytological and histological alterations was 85.6%, 47.5%, and 39.8%, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity for ≥ ASCUS (atypia of squamous cells of undetermined significance) cytology in relation to histological alterations were 61% and 85%, (OR: 8.7; IC 95%: 4.4-17.2), respectively. Observed concordance between high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) cytology and HSIL anal intraepithelial neoplasia types 2 and 3 (AIN-2/3) histology was 64% (OR: 11.4; IC 95%: 3.6-36.7). One patient with HSIL cytology presented a prevalent anal squamous carcinoma.

Conclusions: HRA was feasible with similar results to relevant groups. There was a high prevalence of anal HR-HPV infection, and cytological and histological alterations.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anus Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Anus Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Precancerous Conditions / diagnosis
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Behavior