Prevalence of HIV in patients with malignancy and of Malignancy in HIV patients in a tertiary care center from north India

Sanjeev Sinha, Ashish Agarwal, Kartik Gupta, Dibyakanti Mandal, Mitul Jain, Roger Detels, Karabi Nandy, Michelle A. Devos, S. K. Sharma, N. Manoharan, P. K. Julka, G. K. Rath, Richard F. Ambinder, Ronald T. Mitsuyasu

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Background and Objectives: People living with HIV/AIDS are at an increased risk of developing cancer. The goals of this study were to obtain data on the prevalence of HIV in the cancer population and vice versa at a major tertiary cancer and HIV center in North India. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted over a 3-year period from July 2013 to June 2016, wherein successive HIV positive patients from an anti-retroviral therapy (ART) center were screened for malignancy. Simultaneously, successive cancer patients at the cancer center were screened for HIV. Baseline demographic details, risk factors, and laboratory investigations were obtained for all the patients. Results: Among the 999 HIV-positive patients at the ART center, the prevalence of malignancy was 2% (n=20; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.13, 2.87). Among the 998 patients with a malignancy, the prevalence of HIV infection was 0.9% (n=9; 95% CI 0.31, 1.49). Weight loss, loss of appetite, and fever were the most common symptoms in patients with HIV and cancer. Among 29 patients with HIV and cancer, AIDS-defining cancer was found in 19 patients; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was the most common malignancy reported (n=13). Interpretation and Conclusion: There is a low prevalence of HIV in cancer patients as well as a low prevalence of cancer in HIV patients. AIDS-defining cancers remain much more common than non-AIDS-defining cancers. With the increased coverage of ART, it is expected that non-AIDSdefining cancers will increase, as is evident from data from more developed countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-320
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent HIV Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018


  • AIDS-defining cancer
  • ART
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Invasive cervical cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma


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