Encyclopedia of Cancer

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| Editors: Manfred Schwab

AIDS-Associated Malignancies

  • Enrique Mesri
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_7073-3



Cancers that are increased in individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The most common are Kaposi sarcoma and a subset of B-cell lymphomas (non-Hodgkin lymphomas). Other AIDS-associated malignancies are Hodgkin disease and cancers of the cervix, anus, lung, and the gastrointestinal tract.


At the beginning of the HIV epidemic, the occurrence of certain cancers was considered as a milestone marking the transition to acquired immunosuppression syndrome (AIDS) in HIV infected individuals (Boshoff and Weiss 2002; Grulich et al. 2007). Those were Kaposi sarcoma (KS, AIDS-KS), non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL, AIDS-NHL), and invasive cervical cancers (Boshoff and Weiss 2002; Grulich et al. 2007; Cavallin et al. 2014). The incidence of HIV-associated cancers have been greatly reduced in the...


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epstein Barr Virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Oncogenic Virus Primary Effusion Lymphoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Viral Oncology Program, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Development Center for AIDS Research, Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA