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Gay men, HPV &
anal cancer.

Support & Services


This section provides contact details and referrals to organisations for support and more information. This includes information specific to anal cancer, as well as organisations that provide services to people who have had or been affected by cancer more broadly. It also provides details of organisations that provide services and information to gay men and HIV-positive people. Not all of these organisations will have experience with anal cancer specifically. 

A sexual health service or GP that sees a lot of gay men may be helpful if you have questions or concerns. You can also talk to them about screening options and vaccination for HPV. You can search for these sexual health services and GPs in your area here

For gay men diagnosed with anal cancer, access to therapeutic groups has been more difficult as the numbers of people presenting at any one time with anal cancer tends to be small and people are not always willing to discuss their issues in a group.

Due to the relatively small number of people presenting at any one time with anal cancer, there may not yet be specific support groups or activities for anal cancer in your area. Many gay men with anal cancer may also find it difficult to discuss their issues in broader support settings because of sensitivities around the condition, sexuality or HIV status.

Cancer Cancer NSW now offers a national anal cancer telephone support group for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. See Cancer Councils below for information on this group.

In the previous section of the website, Information for Men Diagnosed with Anal Cancer, three men who have survived anal cancer wrote about their experiences. They wrote about how important it was to have supportive friendship networks, both to provide help when they were enduring difficult treatments and in providing emotional support through what some see as a stigmatising condition.

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Cancer Councils

Cancer Council Australia (with links to local Cancers Council websites in each state and territory)
Helpline: 13 11 20
The helpline may also be able to connect you to someone who has had a similar cancer experience.

State and territory Cancer Councils also offer online, phone and face-to face support, groups and other information programs.

Cancer Connections - online support groups, forums and blogs (with links to state and territory Cancer Council support programs)

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AIDS Councils, LGBT Health & People Living with HIV Organisations

Australian Capital Territory
Phone: (02) 6257 2855

New South Wales

Sydney: (02) 9206 2000
Freecall: 1800 083 060
Northern Rivers: (02) 6622 1555
Hunter: (02) 4927 6808
Illawarra: (02) 4226 1163

Positive Life NSW 
Phone: (02) 9206 2177

Northern Territory
Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis C Council
Darwin: (08) 8944 7777
Palmerston: (08) 8931 3676
Alice Springs: (08) 8953 3172

Queensland AIDS Council
Brisbane: (07) 3017 1777
Freecall: 1800 177 434
Cairns: (07) 4041 5451
Freecall: 1800 884 401

Queensland Positive People
Phone: 07 3013 5555
Free call: 1800 636 241

South Australia
SAMESH (SA * Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health)
Phone: (08) 7099 5300
Shine SA Sexual Health Hotline: 1300 883 793

Positive Life SA
Phone: (08) 8293 3700
Country callers: 1300 854 887

Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis & Related Diseases
Phone: (03) 6234 1242 
Hepatitis Infoline: 1300 437 222

Victorian AIDS Council
Phone: (03) 9865 6700
Positive Living Centre:(03) 9863 0444

Living Positive Victoria
Phone: (03) 9863 8733

Western Australia
WA AIDS Council
Phone: (08) 9482 0000

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LGBTI Counselling

AIDS Councils and LGBT Health Organisations around Australia offer counselling for people with HIV and gay men, regardless of HIV status. Those that do not have these services in-house can usually provide referrals to appropriate gay-friendly and HIV-friendly counselling services.

(national online and telephone counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities)
Free call: 1800 184 527

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National HIV Organisations

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO):
Phone: (02) 9557 9399

National Association for People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA):
Phone: (02) 8568 0300
Free call: 1800 259 666

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Useful websites on HPV and anal cancer

These are useful Australian sites:

The following are international sites (the first three are run by HIV or gay community organisations). You can search for 'HPV' and 'anal cancer':

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