HIV & Cancer

December 10, 2020

Scientific laboratory toolsPeople with a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at an increased risk for cancer. They have a weakened immune system, making them more susceptible to cancer-causing viruses. They are more likely to develop “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-defining cancers,” such and Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cervical cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, people infected with HIV are about 500 times more likely to be diagnosed with Kaposi sarcoma, 12 times more likely to be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and, among women, 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer.

For more information on HIV and cancer:
American Cancer Society
Living With HIV? Here’s What You Need to Know About Cancer

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