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  • Conversation: Antiviral Treatments Reduce Cancer Risk for HIV Patients

    • June 12, 2018 1:01 PM BST
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      Antiviral Treatments Reduce Cancer Risk for HIV Patients

      Long-term antiviral treatment cuts the risk of cancer in HIV patients as they age, a new study says.
      People with HIV are at increased risk for both AIDS-related cancers (Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or invasive cervical cancer) and non-AIDS-related cancers (lung and larynx cancer, melanoma and leukemia).
      Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a major part of HIV treatment, and previous research has shown a link between long-term viral suppression and reduced risk for certain types of cancer. However, no studies have specifically examined the effect of long-term viral suppression on overall cancer risk.
      In this study, Stanford University researchers compared cancer rates between 1999 and 2015 among more than 42,000 HIV-positive veterans and more than 104,000 uninfected veterans.
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