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At What Stage In The Hiv Virus Does Kaposi's Sarcoma Develop

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Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

These treatments only deal with the skin lesions, not with KS overall. Skin lesions may come back after treatment. If KS has spread into internal organs, systemic (whole-body) drug treatment is used. If ART is not enough, the drugs doxorubicin (Doxil) daunorubicin (DaunoXome) or paclitaxel (Taxol) may be added. Doxil and DaunoXome are anti-cancer drugs in "liposomal" form. "Liposomal" means that tiny amounts of drug are encased in small fat...
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What are the symptoms of HHV-8, the virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma?

What are the symtoms of HHV-8, are they the same as HIV? I have already tested negative for HIV but I know that there is something wrong.Thanks pw...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Dear PW: It's hard enough when you have to worry about HIV. Now it looks like HHV-8 is giving you something to worry about. HHV-8, also known as Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus, is the virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Most... Read more »

HHV-8 (Kaposi's sarcoma virus) and Pregnancy; What risk is there to a fetus?

I have a question related to HHV-8 and transmitting this virus during pregnancy to the fetus.Years ago, I engaged in 2 separate instances of deep kissing with a bisexual male, who about 2 years later developed fairly serious symptoms of HIV...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You raise a very important question. You are concerned that you may have been exposed to HHV-8, and you question what risk this poses to your fetus. The first point I want to stress is that HHV-8 is a relatively common virus. It is true that it is... Read more »

Kaposis Sarcoma

Hi Dr. Bob,I recently wrote to you about my partners KS- he was going to have chemo but the consultant said as the lesions are fading they are going to wait and see for another 4 to 6 weeks. I wonder if you could ask you a quick question, may sound...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello English Lad,Can you contract KS by kissing? No, not if your immune system is healthy.The KS story is a bit complicated. I'll reprint some additional information below. Basically, in order to acquire KS, a cofactor is required. That... Read more »

kaposis sarcoma active while hiv virus is undetectable

Just year from being diagnosed with hiv, the medication is working in terms of lowering hiv virus and improving my tcell count. My oncologist is recommending Doxil, he also explained the unpleasant side effects of it. I told him that I will think...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post.You've not mentioned what your initial or current CD4 count is, but typically people with KS have lower CD4s. If this is the case and your KS is limited to the skin, then we will frequently defer on cancer... Read more »
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does this look like kaposi's sarcoma? *picture*

Posted by anxious66, 2 Replies
i have read that kaposi sarcoma can present itself at any stage of HIV infection, this is IF i was infected which everyone i'v spoken to is convinced i havent.

risk was unprotected oral msm me giving for about a minute, no ejaculation, possibly... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma Question

Posted by dallas73guy, 3 Replies
Just found out I am infected -- waiting to see my doctor, need to get labs done and the rest -- the longest I could have been infected is two years, tested neg 07/03 -- have noticed a spot on my right bicep that fits what Kaposi's sarcoma could be... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma in aids

Posted by Anonymous
I posted something yesterday and i have seen many people look at it however no responses could someone please respond!!!Also i will reword it...My brother inlaw has aids and these leasions are present when does this usually happen?Early or late... Read more »

kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
the other da i noticed a lesion on my chest. turns out to e kaposi's sarcoma. However, I have consistenly tested neg for hiv. Can this be with out hiv? Or am I one who is the 1% the tests cant catch?

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