AIDS-Related Cancers

AIDS-Related Cancers are malignant tumors that tend to occur in individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). But it does not mean you cannot have any of them even if you are not HIV positive. There are many AIDS-Related Cancers, and the most common include Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cervical cancer. Although rare, other types of AIDS-related cancers include skin cancer, lung cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, testicular cancer, anal cancer, and angiosarcoma (a cancer in which the malignant cells begins in the lining of the blood vessels)



Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) work by weakening the immune system of the victim causing him/her to have “Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)”, a very serious disease transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual intercourse: including anal and even oral sex. The weekended immune system causes the patient to be not only vulnerable to AIDS but also to other life-threatening medical conditions such as certain cancers (see the list above), tuberlosis, bonchitis and others.

Do All People Infected by HIV/AIDS Delop AIDS-Related Cancers?

The chance for the person infected by the HIV / AIDS to devolp certain cancers depends on the physical state of the person affected; that is, the severity of the weakened immune system. The more fragile is the immune system the higher chance the patient has to experience at least one of the AIDS-Related Cancers. Normally cancer occurs when normal cells change their chemical status and start growing uncontrollably without dying, forming a mass called malignant tumor. The types of the most common cancers for people living with HIV / AIDS are described in more detail below.

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