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Author Topic: Teens and Young Adults With Lifelong HIV Face Higher Cancer Risk  (Read 2976 times)

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Adolescents and young adults who acquire HIV around the time of birth are 13 times more likely to develop cancer and nine times more likely to die of any cause, according to research presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) last week in Amsterdam. The risk was linked to the nadir, or lowest-ever CD4 T-cell count and detectable viral load.

“Most youth with perinatally acquired HIV and a malignancy had a low nadir CD4 count and many years of sustained HIV viremia. It is hoped that early, sustained suppressive antiretroviral therapy will reduce the excess risk of malignancy in this cohort,” the researchers concluded.



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