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Getting Cancer When You Have Hiv

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use

What Is the Risk? How Can Transmission Be Prevented? Injection Drugs & Hepatitis Needle Exchange Programs Drugs, Sex and HIV Transmission What Is the Risk? It is well documented that people who share syringes are at risk of being infected with HIV. Sharing syringes allows a direct exchange of blood from one person's body into the bloodstream of another and is one of the most efficient ways to spread blood-borne...
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getting hepB vac for HIV+

Is it safe to get vaccinated for hepititis B if one is HIV positive?...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
No only is it safe, but it is recommended by the US Public Health service. It is also recommended for all kids by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is slightly less effective if you CD4 cells are low, but it is worth it. Go get vaccinated for B... Read more »

HIV and Possible Cancer, Linked?

I was diagnosed HIV in December 2001 and at the same time started to encounter pain in my rectal area. On checking I found a lump just inside my rectum,above my prostate, which is now being investigated, also my glands have been continuously...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
HIV infection is indeed linked to anal cancer. Please look over my other responses in for more information on the subject. This does not mean that everyone who gets anal cancer has HIV, but rather HIV infection can predispose a patient... Read more »

Breast cancer in HIV women?

Has HIV been associated with more cases of breast cancer in women? I am HIV positive, my mother had breast cancer and I wonder if because my status I have more chances, even though none of my grandmothers had. Thank you...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You ask a very important question. In general HIV+ patients are more prone to cancers such as lymphoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, Hodgkin's disease, anal cancer, cervical cancer, and a few others. A recent article in the Journal of the American... Read more »

hiv and cancers

I was infected very recently, 29 yo male who is healthy otherwise. I am trying to convince myself that as long as I am under good care and show adherence to medications, I will live a long healthy life. However, the more I read the questions on...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
I do indeed. Cancers, both HIV-related, like lymphoma, and non-HIV-related are proteced against by having a higher CD4 count and by taking HIV therapy. CD4 low point (nadir) may also influence the future risk of some cancers. While many non-HIV... Read more »
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Help w/HIV & lymph node/cancer info...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I've been poz almost 9 years (diagnosed 8 years ago) and on meds since May '97 and have always been healthy and asymptomatic. On my quarterly trip to the doctor last week he found that my right axillary lymph node is swollen "a little to big for... Read more »

Getting a little more worrisome now...

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Well... I was talking to this girl from summer who gave me unprotected oral sex and whom I had deep kissing with for a long... long session.
Her results came back today for HIV test, cancer, iron, red/white blood cells, etc, etc to see why she has... Read more »

Feel like I'm getting eaten alive

Posted by frank74, 5 Replies
Sometimes I feel like a hollow shell-damaged goods that no one wants. Other days I feel okay.
I feel like a fool that doesn't deserve meds Read more »

Getting on with it!!

Posted by Dreamer76, 10 Replies
Hey Guys,

I`m a 32 year old gay male.. out to my family and friends for the past 10 yrs!
Just when everything was going great in my life , career wise etc, and i feel like i`m in my prime i did a routine test only to find out that i`m H.I.V... Read more »