June 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm EDT | by Staff reports
New advice for resuming gay sex after cancer

prostate cancer, gay news, Washington BladeLONDON — U.K. doctors are getting more specific about how long gay men should wait to resume sex after treatment for prostate cancer, the BBC reports.

Previously, the general advice was to resume as soon as possible to “help preserve erectile function,” however new evidence based on the opinions of 15 clinical oncologists and 11 urological surgeons reveals there is additional concern such as partner exposure to radiation and bleeding, pain or increased risk of infection, the BBC reports. The issue has been “glossed over” in some medical treatment advice, doctors told the BBC.

“This guidance will be invaluable to clinicians and people receiving treatment for prostate cancer,” said Dr. John Burton, from Edinburgh Cancer Centre, and vice-president of oncology, according to the BBC. “It is long overdue and addresses an inequality in the level of information available to patients.”

He said it could also have an impact around the world for cancer patients, the BBC reports. 

How long should men abstain from receiving anal sex?

• Before a PSA blood test — one week as it may lead to an inaccurate result

• Following a transrectal biopsy (TRUS) — two weeks; may cause bleeding, pain or increase the risk of infection

•  Following a transperineal biopsy — one week to allow bruising to settle and reduce painful intercourse

Following a radical prostatectomy — six weeks; may cause bleeding, pain and increase the risk of urinary incontinence

After external beam radiotherapy — two months; could make acute side effects worse, be painful or result in long-term complications such as rectal bleeding

After permanent seed brachytherapy, where radioactive seeds are inserted into the prostate to kill cancer — six months to minimize radiation exposure to sexual partner, the BBC reports.

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