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 population. Some of these cancers are AIDS-defining illnesses, such as Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), and cervical cancer.

Other cancers are not identified as AIDS-defining illnesses, despite a higher incidence among HIV-infected people. These non-AIDS-defining cancers include Hodgkin's disease; anal cancer; squamous cell carcinoma of the eye (conjunctival), skin, lip and anogenital region; testicular cancer; lung cancer; multiple myeloma (a type of leukaemia); and leiomyosarcoma (a type of connective tissue cancer).

These cancers are not regarded as AIDS-defining because the increased incidence has not been definitively linked to immune deficiency. Other factors such as high smoking rates or sexual activity may account for the high incidence.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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