Women with HIV face higher rates of certain cancers: B.C. study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Woman living with HIV face elevated risk of certain cancers, a new British Columbia study has found.

By comparing databases of the B.C. Cancer Agency and the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Simon Fraser University PhD student Kate Salters discovered that HIV-positive women were far more likely to be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lympohoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Kaposi’s sarcoma.

In the case of invasive cervical cancer, the diagnosis rate for women with HIV was 24 times higher than women who don’t have HIV, said SFU professor Robert Hogg, Salters’ supervisor on the study and a senior research scientist at the BC-CfE.

Matt Kieltyka reports.

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