Cancer risk among men with, or at risk of, HIV infection in southern Europe

Diego Serraino, Antonio Boschini, Patrizia Carrieri, Christian Pradier, Maria Dorrucci, Luigino Dal Maso, Paolo Ballarini, Patrizio Pezzotti, Camillo Smacchia, Alain Pesce, Giuseppe Ippolito, Silvia Franceschi, Giovanni Rezza

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Objective: To evaluate the cancer risk in southern European men with, or at risk of, HIV infection. Design: An analysis of longitudinal data to assess time-dependent rare events. Methods: Data from a cohort of HIV seroconverters, and from two hospital-based HIV seroprevalent cohorts were combined and analysed. The number of cancer cases observed was compared with the expected number, obtained from cancer incidence rates among men in the general population. Age-standardized incidence ratios (SIR) and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) were computed. Results: A total of 19,609 person-years of observation were accumulated among HIV-positive men, and 7957 person-years among HIV-negative men. Among HIV-positive men, statistically significant increased SIR were seen for Hodgkin's disease (HD) (SIR = 8.7), liver cancer (SIR = 11.0), and cancer of the salivary glands (SIR = 33.6). An excess of lung cancer was seen among intravenous drug users (IDU), but not among homosexual men. When the risk of all non-AIDS-defining cancers was considered, HIV-positive men had a nearly twofold excess (95% CI: 1.2-2.8). A risk of similar magnitude emerged among HIV-negative IDU (95% CI: 1.0-4.5), largely attributable to lung cancer and HD. Conclusion: These findings confirm that HIV infection increases the risk of HD, whereas they suggest that the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma may also be enhanced by HIV infection. The observation of an elevated risk of lung cancer in both HIV-positive and HIV-negative IDU points to personal behaviours unrelated to HIV infection. (C) 2000 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS (London, England)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Cancers
  • Cohort study
  • Drug users
  • France
  • HIV
  • Italy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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