This paper describes the epidemiology of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region. Data, collected by the WHO Collaborating Centre on AIDS in Paris, France, were derived from the national AIDS surveillance systems of 21 countries. Among 53,042 cases reported as of the end of June 1991, 1,617 (3.0%) had NHL as the presenting clinical manifestation of AIDS. The proportion of cases presenting with NHL ranged from 1.1% in children infected perinatally to 3.9% among haemophiliacs. In comparison with intravenous drug users (IVDUs) (2.6% of whom had NHL), a moderate excess was found among homosexual or bisexual men (odds ratio - OR -:1.2, 95% confidence interval - CI -:1.0-1.3). Over time, the proportion of NHL was constant, but whereas among homosexual or bisexual men the frequency of NHL as AlDS-indicator disease significantly increased (9.7% per year), among IVDUs a significant downward trend emerged (17.1% per year). In respect to age, two peaks of NHL were seen at the age groups 10-19 (3.8%) and 50-59 (4.3%). The proportion of AlDS-associated NHL significantly increased with increasing age among homosexual and bisexual men and heterosexuals whereas it decreased among IVDUs. All these differences, however, have to be interpreted cautiously on account of the limitations of the reporting systems.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||British Journal of Cancer|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research