Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and its correlation with human papillomavirus in people living with HIV: A systematic review


Over the last 20 years we assisted to an increase in the mean age of People Living with HIV and their comorbidities. Especially, there was an increase in Human Papillomavirus-related head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Despite their increasing incidence in HIV-positive people, mechanisms that lead to their development and progression are only partially understood. The aim of this review is to identify key data and factors about HPV-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in HIV-seropositive patients. Systematic search and review of the relevant literature-peer-reviewed and grey-was conducted using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. We included in our review only the 35 full-text articles we considered the most substantial. It is mandatory to improve our knowledge about the interactions existing between HPV and HIV, and about their actions on oral mucosa immune system


Ceccarelli M, Rullo EV, Facciola A, Madeddu G, Cacopardo B, Taibi R, D'Aleo F, Pinzone MR, Picerno I, Di Rosa M, Visalli G, Condorelli F, Nunnari G, Pellicano GF




  • Population(s)
    • Heterosexual men
    • General HIV+ population
  • Substance Use
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
  • Co-infections
    • Other
  • Co-morbidities
    • Cancer


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