HIV infection and damage to the immune system can disrupt the ability of the body to keep infections under control and to stop some cancers from growing. Rates of some, but not all, cancers are higher in people living with HIV than other people.

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  • Lung cancer and HIV

    Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. People living with HIV have a higher risk of lung cancer than the general...

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  • Other health issues

    As you get older, it’s even more important to regularly attend clinic appointments and stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Your HIV clinic appointments will include...

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  • Cancer and HIV

    Rates of some, but not all, cancers are higher in people living with HIV than other people.For many cancers, treatment works just as well for...

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  • Anal cancer and HIV

    Rates of anal cancer are higher in people with HIV than other people.Most people who have abnormal cell changes in their anus do not go...

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  • Kaposi’s sarcoma and HIV

    Kaposi’s sarcoma remains one of the most common cancers in people living with HIV.HIV treatment protects against Kaposi’s sarcoma and slows down disease progression.People with...

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  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts

    HPV can be passed on during unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex. Vaccines against HPV are available.  Some strains of HPV can cause genital warts....

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  • 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. People...

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  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and HIV

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer affecting the immune system. People with weakened immune systems, including people with HIV, are at increased risk of developing NHL. Most people with...

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  • A Cure for HPV? Not So Fast…

    Can photodynamic therapy eliminate the virus than causes cervical, anal and oral cancer?

    11 February 2019 | Poz
  • Study finds HIV+ cancer patients benefit from immunotherapy

    The immunotherapy that has revolutionized treatment of many cancers appears to offer similar benefit to cancer patients living with HIV.

    08 February 2019 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Undiagnosed HBV, HCV, HIV prevalent in newly diagnosed cancer cases

    Researchers discovered a substantial proportion of patients with newly diagnosed cancer and concurrent hepatitis C or hepatitis B were unaware of their viral infection and many had no identifiable risk factors, according to a recently published study.

    18 January 2019 | Healio
  • Exercise Tied to Lower Liver Cancer Risk

    Those who exercise build up less liver fat, which is tied to inflammation that may give rise to cancer.

    15 January 2019 | Poz
  • Cancer Concerns

    People with HIV are increasingly being diagnosed with a non-AIDS-defining cancer for a second time, a phenomenon driven in part by longer life spans.

    08 January 2019 | Poz
  • HPV Biomarkers Predict Risk for Anal Precancer in MSM and Who Have HIV

    Among men who have HIV who also have sex with men (MSM), human papillomavirus (HPV)-related biomarkers provide long-term risk stratification for anal precancers, according to results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    28 December 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Study Determines Why Patients With HIV Have Higher Rates of Cancer

    After investigating why patients with HIV have higher rates of cancer than the general population, researchers identified how T-cells move and multiply to invade other cells in these patients.

    17 December 2018 | American Journal of Managed Care
  • Exploring why people with HIV have a higher risk of lung cancer

    On Dec. 1, the 30th annual World AIDS Day, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle announced the start of a new study with a goal to understand why those who are HIV-positive are at higher risk of lung cancer and develop lung cancer at a younger age.

    05 December 2018 | Fred Hutch News Service
  • Popular prostate cancer videos on YouTube 'inaccurate and biased'

    Researchers viewed the 150 first-listed videos on YouTube for prostate cancer screening and treatment, checking them against standard patient information quality criteria. They found that 77% had errors or bias either in the videos or the comments beneath them. Worryingly, the most popular videos were the ones that scored worst on the quality checks.

    30 November 2018 | NHS Behind the Headlines
  • Immunotherapy is safe and feasible in cancer patients treated for HIV, study suggests

    Immunotherapy has been a major breakthrough in oncology -- but little is known about its safety for HIV-positive cancer patients. A study to be presented at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich has now provided data to suggest that treatment with PD-1/PD-L-1 immune checkpoint inhibitors, which target the very system affected by the HIV virus, is feasible in this patient population for whom cancer is currently one of the principal cause of mortality.

    22 October 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
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