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If you have Kaposi's sarcoma, do you have AIDS?
Jun 23, 2001

if you have Kaposi's sarcoma do yo have HIV or AIDS and can you tell me how wold you know if you have KS

Response from Dr. Dezube

Kaposi's sarcoma is an AIDS-defining illness. So by definition, if a person is HIV positive and has KS, then that person has full-blown AIDS, no matter what the person's CD4 count is. It turns out that folks who get diagnosed with AIDS solely on the basis of KS, actually do quite well since the KS can occur at high CD4 counts, so these folks find out about their HIV diagnosis quite early, when there is enough time to derive the maximum benefit from HIV meds.

Although a trained clinician can readily identify KS, the only way to be sure is by having a simple biopsy. The appearance of KS under the microscope lends to a more accurate diagnosis.

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