Are AIDS-related cancers contagious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You cannot catch any type of cancer from another person. Cancer develops in the cells of the body and cannot spread between people. However, some contagious viruses can cause cancer to develop in your body or increase your risk, including the Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human herpesvirus 8, and human papillomavirus (HPV). These viruses can be spread by sexual contact with an infected person or by sharing needles. These risky behaviors are also causes of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which is a precondition for AIDS-related cancers

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