A new study found that people with AIDS are at high risk of developing HPV related cancers, as their immune system will be weak because of the disease.
AIDS patients are at greater risk of developing HPV related cancers like Cervix, Anus, Penis, Vulva, Vagina and Oropharynx.
Although the risk of HPV-associated cancers is known to be higher among people with AIDS, the extent to which HIV-related immunosuppression plays a role is unclear. For this study, researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute analyzed cancer registry data on almost 500,000 people diagnosed with AIDS between 1980 and 2004.
Researchers says “Given that individuals currently infected with HIV may obtain little benefit from available HPV vaccines…our results underscore the need for effective screening for cervical cancer and anal cancer among persons with HIV infection or AIDS.”