Cancer Gone Viral: How HIV infection ramps up cancer risk
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Cancer Gone Viral: How HIV infection ramps up cancer risk

Dr. Talia Henkle
Dr. Talia Henkle

In 10 seconds? Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one of the most notorious cancer-causing viruses… which –weirdly– messes with our immune system and makes us more susceptible to other cancer-causing viruses.

What? HIV can make us more susceptible to cancer? Tell me more! Yes, unfortunately. HIV terrified the world in the 1980s when it was discovered to cause Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which made those infected much more susceptible to a range of rare and deadly diseases… and cancers. In this Cancer Gone Viral digest, we are going to break down the mechanics of how that happens and the steps people with HIV can take to minimize their risk of cancer.


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