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Diagnosis intradermal nevus; could they have missed an AIDS cancer?
Mar 13, 2002

I had a possible exposure to AIDS. 2 months later, I developed a lesion that turned into a scab. It healed but I saw my dermatologist anyway and had it removed. The analysis came back as an intradermal nevus. Could they have missed an AIDS-related cancer? I am waiting for another HIV test at 20 weeks; the first one at 2 weeks was negative.

Response from Dr. Dezube

The analysis by pathology is usually quite definitive. An AIDS-related cancer such as Kaposi's sarcoma looks quite different from an intradermal nevus. I doubt the pathologist missed an AIDS-cancer. I'm glad to read that you were tested, and that you planning on getting testing again. This should allay your fears.


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