|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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