HIV & HPV: What Happens When 2 Bad Guys Crash The Party

 

doctors looking at patient's x-ray

doctors looking at patient’s x-ray

We started out a couple articles ago with the theme of HIV as a party virus.  By this we mean that HIV likes to hang out with all sorts of other disease causing viruses, bacteria and other organisms.

Because HIV is sexually-transmitted, we should not be surprised that HIV patients often have other sexually transmitted infections.  But sometimes, the relationships are even greater. This means that while we are managing HIV, we also have to be checking to see if any of its “friends” have come along for the “party” so we can deal with them appropriately. HIV’s friends can cause many problems, for example, we have discussed how Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer: bad news!

What is HPV?