Living With HIV? Here’s What You Need to Know About Cancer

Living With HIV? Here’s What You Need to Know About Cancer

Dr. Ramya Ramaswami is an oncologist in the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch of the National Cancer Institute. She cares for people with HIV and cancer. In 1981, several cases of a rare skin cancer called Kaposi sarcoma were reported in young gay men. This alerted the medical community to the existence of a new condition called acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and its underlying cause, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Over the next several years, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and cervical cancer were also seen among people with AIDS. These 3 conditions—Kaposi sarcoma,…

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