I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You are correct that there are two classifications: Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Your disease falls under Hodgkins. What's the difference? The type of white blood cells that are affected, called lymphocytes. There is a particular cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell that is only seen in Hodgkins. It is important for doctors to know the difference as treatment can be very different for each.
I believe that HIV is seen in both HL and NHL, but overall I think it's rare for both. I too was asked to take an HIV test after being diagnosed with NHL because I had a previous blood transfusion. I think your chances of being diagnosed with both HL and HIV are pretty slim.
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