December 26, 2014 at 9:00 am EST | by Staff reports
Anal cancer awareness campaign underway
anal cancer, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Behind Closed Drawers’ campaign is aimed at raising awareness of anal cancer.

NEW YORK — A new campaign dubbed “Behind Closed Drawers” from the National LGBT Cancer Network and Tusk and Dagger is working to raise awareness surrounding anal cancer, Huffington Post reports.

Its efforts are working to create a directory of free and low-cost LGBT-friendly anal cancer screening facilities throughout the country.

Organizers hope to raise funds by asking people to text 41444 to “UNDIES” and make a donation. They hope to spread the word by having social media users post a photo of themselves in underwear with the hashtag #BehindClosedDrawers.

“A growing number of physicians and health activists recommend that all men who have sex with men, especially those who are HIV-positive, be tested every one-to-three years depending on their immunological well-being and CD4 count,” organizers said in a statement. “They suggest that HIV negative individuals be tested every three years. This work is important, because most people know little about anal cancer, have never been tested for it, and don’t know that screening tests exist.”

  • This is excellent and hugely important for sexually active gay men. Certain strains of HPV are the main causes of anal cancer, and more than 90 percent of all sexually active adults have been exposed to one or more HPV strains at one time or another. Getting tested for HPV, and treating any early symptoms–such as warts or polyps–is the key to preventing anal cancer, which can be extremely deadly.

  • Yes, and we have to get the word out. Would you be willing to donate and then post a pic of your undies (on you or not) and then challenge five friends to "show you theirs!. We will use the money for a large education and awareness campaign. Text "undies" to 41444

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