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What are AIDS-defining cancers?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
When a person with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) gets certain cancers, it is often a sign that their condition has progressed to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). This is why these cancers are known as AIDS-defining cancers. They include cervical cancer, Kaposi sarcoma, and lymphoma (especially non-Hodgkin lymphoma).

These are only considered AIDS-defining cancers in people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus; when others contract these cancers they are not considered AIDS-related.

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