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Kaposi's sarcoma and HIV Negative
Apr 11, 2001

I am a gay man, HIV negative, 34 years old, and have been diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma. The doctors are puzzled because although there is such a thing called Senile Kaposi's sarcoma, I am only thirty four. Each doctor I have consulted has never seen this in anyone younger than 65 or so. Can this be AIDS- related with an HIV negative test result? How can I get more info??

Response from Dr. Dezube

It is indeed possible to have KS WITHOUT having HIV. Basically KS and AIDS are each caused by a virus; KS by the HHV-8 virus and AIDS by the HIV virus. Although the majority of gay men with KS carry both viruses and therefore have both KS and AIDS, some gay men get infected by the HHV-8 virus, but not by the HIV virus. These men have KS without having AIDS. Typically these gay men (i.e. KS without AIDS) have a much slower growing variety of KS than do those men who have AIDS-related KS. I have several such patients in my practice. This is not exactly what you call senile KS. Hope this helps.


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