HIV: Opportunistic infections, cancers

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Certain cancers, including Kaposi's sarcoma and certain non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, occur more frequently due to the immunosuppression. Seropositive women run an increased (5-fold) risk of invasive cervix carcinoma and of vulva carcinoma. This is probably connected with the sexually transmitted papilloma virus. Chemotherapy (vincristine + bleomycin, taxol), alpha-interferon (Intron®, Roferon-A®) and radiotherapy can reduce Kaposi lesions, but do not prolong life. These treatments are very expensive and often not available in developing countries. Kaposi lesions do often improve with HAART.

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