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What are AIDS-related cancers?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more likely than other people to develop certain kinds of AIDS-related cancers. Some of these are called AIDS-defining cancers, when acquired by HIV-infected people, because they define the point at which HIV has developed into AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). These include:
  • Kaposi sarcoma
  • non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • cervical cancer
People with HIV face an increased risk of some other cancers, as well:
  • Hodgkin lymphoma, also called Hodgkin disease
  • digestive tract cancers, including anal cancer
  • mouth cancer
  • lung cancer
  • liver cancer

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