Mar 2, 2001
My partner died two years ago of widely disseminated KS and ITP amongst other HIV related complications. He was doing well (vl 770) and about to be released. A GI Dr. had prescribed propulcid and suddenly (three days) he took a dramatic turn for the worse. Could that have spread his KS? I contracted HIV from him. Is KS caused by a virus? Does the virus spread in conjunction with HIV? How would I know If I'm at risk for KS? My health is excellent and I've responded well to HAART. Cd's 860 Vl <50 (cd increase >600 in one year!)
Response from Dr. Dezube
KS is indeed caused by a virus. It's a virus in the herpes family but it is quite distinct from the herpes virus which causes cold sores or shingles. Many folks are infected by this virus, which is called either KS-associated herpes virus or HHV-8. However, only a small fraction of people who are infected with this virus will actually develop KS.
As for your question about your partner's doctor, it's a bit unfair for me to comment about the therapy by the prior doctor.
In terms of KS, you should be okay.
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