Can AIDS-related cancers be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Standard cancer prevention strategies - like avoiding tobacco and heavy alcohol use - can help anyone reduce their risk of cancer, including people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). If you have HIV, you are more likely to get certain AIDS-related cancers, but you can take steps to lower your risk:

  • Consider getting vaccinated for two cancer-causing viruses, human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B.
  • To avoid cancer-causing viruses, use condoms, avoid sex with multiple partners, and never share drug needles.
  • Get regular medical checkups, including cervical Pap tests for women (men who have sex with other men may consider anal Pap tests), to catch abnormal cells before they become cancer.

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