Cervical DysplasiaJAMA A precursor lesion for cervical cancer. Studies indicate an increase in prevalence of cervical dysplasia
among HIV-infected women. Additional studies have documented that a higher prevalence is associated
with greater immunosuppression. HIV infection also may adversely affect the clinical course and
treatment of cervical dysplasia and cancer. See also Dysplasia.
abnormal changes (e.g., in size, shape, growth
pattern) of the cells of the uterine cervix, which may be detected by
a Pap smear or colposcopy. Cervical dysplasia is associated with the human
papillomavirus (HPV) and may progress to cervical cancer; it occurs with
greater frequency in women with HIV. See also cervical intraepithelial
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