People living with HIV can be at higher risk of a wide range of cancers. Recent research shows that this is probably related to immune deficiency, so adhering to your treatments will help reduce your cancer risk.
Other things you can do to reduce your cancer risk:
- Quit smoking
- Know your hepatitis status (hepatitis can lead to liver cancer)
- Talk to your doctor about vaccination for HPV (which is related to both cervical and anal cancer)
- Annual pap smears (women)
- Regular screening for anal cancer (men who have sex with men)
- The Bottom Line - gay men, HPV & anal cancer
- Women Living Well with HIV
- Your Body Blueprint for HIV and healthy living
- AFAO Factsheet: Giving up smoking (PDF)
This page was published on 19 September, 2011
This page was reviewed on 23 December 2015
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