A 60-year-old female asked:
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i am hiv positive. dermatologist biopsied lesions/bumps on my upper lip that are verruca vulgaris. am i at risk for the warts turning to skin cancer?

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
45 years experience Pediatrics
Probably not: The skin cancer commonly associated with HIV infected persons is Kaposi's sarcoma, which caused by another virus. The warts, of which there are many varieties, are generally caused by human papilloma viruses. Some of these have a potential to turn malignant for which HOV vaccine is recommended in younger folks for its prevention.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015
Dr. Akbar Zikria
8 years experience Family Medicine
Warts: Verruca vulgaris also known as warts are caused by the human papilloma virus. They're generally benign and can be treated with topical salicylic acid and/or cryotherapy if you find them aestheticically displeasing. Regardless, see your primary doctor for these treatment options.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015

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