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Anogenital preinvasive and invasive lesions in the Limpopo Province of South Africa
  1. Louis-Jacques van Bogaert
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louis-Jacques van Bogaert, National Health Laboratory Service and University of Limpopo, Post Net Suite 7, Private Bag x8689, Groblersdal 0470, Polokwane 0700, South Africa; louis.vanBogaert{at}

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Anogenital preinvasive and invasive lesions are known to have been on the increase in the industrialised world since the 1970s.1 The increase in anal squamous cell carcinomas and Kaposi's sarcomas (KS) has often been associated with the HIV epidemic, especially among men having sex with men. KS and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are virus-related (KS-associated herpes virus and Epstein–Barr, respectively) AIDS-defining illnesses.2 Among anogenital cancers, only cervical cancer is listed as AIDS-defining illness. A …

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