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Is HHV8 deadly?
Jun 1, 2001

Dear BD, Is it possible to contract HHV8 and still live a normal life, in other words in latter years not to develop full blown AIDS at some stage? many thanks lkh

Response from Dr. Dezube

Dear lkh, It is indeed possible to contract HHV-8 and live a normal life! HHV-8, also known as the Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus, is the virus which causes KS. HOWEVER, most patients, who are infected with HHV-8, do not know they are infected and do NOT develop KS. Only a small portion of HHV-8 infected patients develop KS. You can be infected with HHV-8 without being infected with HIV. If you are infected with both HHV-8 and HIV, then you are more apt to develop KS, than if you were infected with HHV-8, but not HIV. If you are infected wtih HHV-8, but not HIV, then there is no reason to assume you'll develop AIDS. (I sure hope I didn't confuse you). BD

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