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  • Non-HIV-related illnesses – cancers

    Kaposi’s sarcoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have become rarer since the introduction of effective HIV treatment, but still occasionally cause illness and death in people with HIV. Often, these people...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Cervical and anal screening

    Infection with certain types of a common virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV, can cause cell changes in the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. All HIV-positive...

    From: Booklets

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  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is an AIDS-defining cancer. A lymphoma is the name given to a tumour (or growth) of lymphocytes (white blood cells). Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Kaposi's sarcoma

    Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is an AIDS-defining cancer and was one of the first recognised HIV-related illnesses in the early 1980s. Unlike most cancers, which start...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Lung cancer

    Evidence from the UK and other countries shows that lung cancer is more common in HIV-positive people than the general HIV-negative population. Before effective HIV treatment...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Cervical cancer

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the underlying cause of cervical cancer. Infection with HPV is very common in the general population and is slightly more common...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Anal cancer

    Since potent and effective HIV treatment became available, the number of cases of the AIDS-defining cancers such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has fallen,...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cancer

    Cancers are a range of diseases caused by uncontrolled cell division. A number of cancers occur more frequently among people with HIV than in the general...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Hodgkin's disease

    Hodgkin's disease is a type of lymphoma - a tumour of lymph nodes - named after Thomas Hodgkin, a pathologist who first described it in...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Kaposi's sarcoma

    Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) was first described in 1872 by the Hungarian dermatologist Moritz Kaposi. Before the AIDS epidemic it was a rare condition. There are four...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Lung cancer

    Lung cancer is not an AIDS-defining illness. However, people with HIV have a greater chance of developing lung cancer than non-infected people, and as...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a type of lymphoma - a tumour that involves the uncontrolled multiplication of a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes....

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Leading parliamentarians support HPV vaccination for boys

    Six leading parliamentarians have today declared their support for vaccinating boys against HPV infection. Their joint statement said: "In our view, all adolescent boys should be offered the vaccine."

    09 September 2014 | HPV Action
  • With advances in HIV care, survivors face other disease risks

    As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low-income and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with HIV. An update on non-communicable diseases among HIV-positive populations in low-income and middle-income countries appears as a supplement to in JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

    14 August 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Advice on Best ART Regimen for Patients Taking Cancer Therapy

    Because no clinical trials address the question and published data are insufficient to support guidelines, the optimal antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen for patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy remains unknown. But experts from Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center offer suggestions to help clinicians individualize therapy for each patient.

    25 June 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Gardasil cleared for anal cancer prevention in EU

    The European Commission has approved a new indication for Sanofi Pasteur MSD's human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, giving the nod for it to be used in the prevention of anal cancer.

    19 June 2014 | PMLive
  • Prostate cancer ‘could be a sexually transmitted disease’, scientists say

    Research by the University of California found a sex infection called trichomoniasis supported cancer growth when a team of scientists tested human prostate cells in a laboratory.

    20 May 2014 | The Independent
  • Big Pharma, my cancer patient and me

    Compassionate access schemes for these incredibly expensive drugs might facilitate access for selected patients but they are not truly compassionate in the way that the average person understands. If government subsidy looks unlikely, access schemes are retired, sometimes abruptly.

    02 May 2014 | The Guardian
  • Gardasil®: CHMP Grants Positive Opinion for New Indication, for the Prevention of Anal Cancers and Anal Precancerous Lesions, in the European Union

    The efficacy of Gardasil® against anal disease - anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN) and anal cancer - was evaluated in a population of 598 men who have sex with men between 16 and 26 years of age naïve to HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18. The efficacy of Gardasil® in reducing the incidence of anal precancerous lesions grades 2/3 (AIN 2/3) related to vaccine HPV types 6, 11, 16 & 18 was 74.9%. Median duration of follow-up was 2.15 years.

    30 April 2014 | Sanofi Pasteur press release
  • Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in HIV Patients

    Vaccines against cervical cancer work well even in sexually active women with H.I.V., a new study has found. It also found that women who already have one or two strains of the cancer-causing virus can be protected against others.

    22 April 2014 | New York Times
  • Heavy Popper Use in Gay MACS Cohort Linked to New Heart Disease, Cancer

    Heavy long-term use of inhaled nitrites (poppers) was linked to new cardiovascular disease and cancer in HIV-positive and negative gay/bisexual men in the US Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). More than half of men in this prospective cohort used poppers.

    14 March 2014 | NATAP
  • Low level HIV viremia a modifiable risk factor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

    The incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) remains high in HIV-infected patients despite treatment with antiretroviral therapy, and ongoing low-level HIV replication may be a contributing factor, new research hints.

    05 March 2014 | Medscape
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