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Hodgkins Diagnosis and simultaneous HIV testing
Mar 16, 2003

I have been reading a lot online about Hodgkin's disease, since I was diagnosed April 2002. I am now done with my treatments and doing great, however, I came across a lot of information linking Hodgkin's to HIV. My question is, are all Hodgkin's patients automatically tested for HIV? I read somewhere it is a standard test - is this true?

Response from Dr. Young

Certain types of malignancies are more common among persons with HIV infection than the general public. This does not mean that all persons with lymphoma have HIV.

Nevertheless, I'd think that it be reasonable to test. "Automatic" testing probably isn't always done, since there are many issues that govern regional medical practice. -BY

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