HIV/AIDS-Related Cancer

The immunodeficiency virus, recognized more commonly as HIV, is the instigator behind a disease known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This disease severely and progressively weakens the immune system and commonly results in death due to the body’s inability to fight infections. Cancer is a major concern for AIDS patients for this same reason, with Cervical Cancer, Kaposi Sarcoma, and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) representing the most common types associated with this disease. Because HIV is transmitted between individuals through blood and bodily secretions, the best strategy for prevention is to avoid these fluids as much as possible, especially when HIV is suspected.