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How is Epstein Barr virus linked to AIDS-related lymphoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Epstein Barr virus is an extremely common virus worldwide. Up to 95 percent of people in the United States have had it by the time they are 40 years old. Epstein Barr virus can cause mononucleosis (a common adolescent illness), or it may cause no symptoms at all. Even once symptoms disappear, the virus can remain inactive in your body for the rest of your life. In people with damaged immune systems due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Epstein Barr virus infection can cause some types of AIDS-related lymphomas, including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It is also linked to Burkitt's lymphoma, another type of cancer that is less common in the United States.

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