Howard Brown Health is the only community health center in the Midwest region with a dedicated Anal Health department and is one of a small number of organizations that specialize in High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA). We offer Anal Dysplasia screening and treatment with High Resolution Anoscopy through our Anal Health Clinics at both the Clark Street and 55th Street clinic locations in order to provide convenient services throughout Chicago. Dr. Gregory Rauch oversees the Anal Health Clinic program.
Anal Dysplasia and HPV
High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA) Procedure
High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA) uses a small diameter tube (an anoscope) and a high-resolution mobile microscope (a colposcope) with an attached light source to comprehensively examine the external anal skin known as the peri-anus and the internal anus and rectum.
A High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA) procedure is not the same procedure as a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. Colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies focus on examining different parts of the colon and thus are conducted in different ways for different purposes. A colonoscopy is not a substitute for a HRA and a HRA is not a substitute for a colonoscopy.
High Resolution Anoscopy device
Anoscope and swabs used
How to Make an Appointment
If you are an existing HBH patient, please discuss if you are a candidate for anal cancer screening with your primary care provider and/or request an internal referral to the Anal Health department.
If you are a new HBH patient or have been referred to us, please call the primary appointment line and ask to leave a message for the Anal Health department. Our team will return your call within 5 to 7 business days.
What to Expect for Your Appointment
Links for More Information
If you have any questions about the Anal Health department and the services we offer, please call the primary appointment line and ask to leave a message with the Anal Health department. Our team will return your call within 5 to 7 business days.