Background and Objective: We present our experience in the era of HAART with 5,112 patients having HIV infection or AIDS, treated between 2002 and 2006 in our hospital, 182 of whom had malignancies (3.56%). We compared our findings to those from a similar cohort of patients studied 10 years earlier. Methods: The charts were reviewed and data was electronically collected as in our 1993-1998 study. Similar statistical analyses were performed in both studies and the results were compared. Results: For the current study the average patient age increased by 9 years. A decrease in AIDS-defining cancers (ADC), from 63.6% to 37.3% and a higher incidence of non-AIDS-defining cancers (NADC), 62.7 as opposed to 37.9% was found. No decrease in the incidence of non-Hodgkin's B cell lymphoma (NHL) was noted. There was an increase in the number of opportunistic infections notably hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV). Conclusions: HIV/AIDS patients on HAART are older, have lower rates of AIDS related Kaposi's sarcoma and a higher incidence of NADCs than did patients in the early HAART era. No decrease in the proportion of NHL was observed.
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