How does my white blood cell count affect my risk for AIDS-related cancers?

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If you have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), a high white blood cell count can reduce your risk of developing AIDS-related cancer. For example, Kaposi sarcoma - a common AIDS-related cancer - usually strikes people with white blood cell counts (also called CD4 counts) under 200 to 300. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma usually strikes when the count dips below 100, and primary central nervous system lymphoma occurs most often when the count falls below 50.

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AIDS-Related Cancers

AIDS-Related Cancers

With a weakened immune system, individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, have a substantially higher risk of developing certain cancers than those who are virus-free. Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma ...

and cervical cancer are considered AIDS-defining cancers: Medical experts mark the development of one of those cancers as the defining point when an individual has developed acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Learn more about the symptoms and diagnosis of AIDS-related cancers with expert advice from Sharecare.
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