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Why not investigate?
Jun 4, 2001

In the archived questions you have stated that there could be a strain out there that nobody knows about. If this is the case then why do doctors not investigate cases further? I have been diagnosed with Kaposi's Sarcoma and have tested negative on 3 elisas and 1 DNA PCR nearly 3 years after the exposure (I am a heterosexual male with no homosexual expiriences). Would this warrant a viral culture? If so, what does this involve and how would my doctors go about ordering one?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

There is lots of published literature of KS in people Without HIV infection. Thus, KS is not a specific complication of HIV only. People are in fact always looking for new strains of HIV. I don't know if HIV cultures are commercially available.



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