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July 26, 2009

Anal cancer in men with HIV much more common in post-HAART era: could HPV vaccination help?

"The annual incidence of anal cancer amongst people with HIV has continued to increase in recent years and now stands at 128 cases per 100,000 or one case in 784 people, the Fifth IAS Conference was told on Wednesday by Nancy Crum-Cianflone of the US Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program. This is nearly 100 times the rate in the general population (1.4 per 100,000).

"In a separate presentation, Stephen Berman of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System told the conference that findings from a study of HIV/HPV co-infected army veterans implied that up to 89% of men with HIV could potentially derive at least some benefit from one of the currently-licensed HPV vaccines and 53% substantial benefit, providing that HIV infection did not compromise the normal immune response to the vaccine."

Read more in Aidsmap, July 23, 2009.