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Anal cancer screening in the UK: serial cross-sectional surveys on attitudes and practices
  1. Anna Shanti Ascott1,
  2. Hamish Mohammed2,
  3. Jaime H Vera3
  1. 1 Internal Medicine Trainee, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 Consultant Epidemiologist, Public Health England, London, UK
  3. 3 Senior Lecturer in HIV Medicine and Consultant Physician, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna Shanti Ascott, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK; annaascott{at}

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Anal cancer is common in people living with HIV (PLWH), men who have sex with men (MSMs)1 and heterosexuals with multicentric human papillomavirus infection. The efficacy of screening for anal cancer is unknown.

We conducted web-based serial cross-sectional surveys in 20122 and 2018 to examine changes in anal cancer screening awareness, attitudes and practices among sexual health clinicians in the UK. Seventy-two (62.1%) of 116 sexual health clinics approached responded in 2012; all were senior clinicians; and 73 (17.8%) of 411 clinics responded in 2018, from …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors ASA oversaw data collection and analysis of the 2018 survey and drafted the manuscript. HM facilitated data collection for the 2018 survey and provided critical feedback on the final manuscript. JHV initiated the project, oversaw data collection and analysis of the survey in 2012, and contributed to and provided critical feedback on the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.