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Can Kaposi's Sarcoma Be The First Sign Of Hiv

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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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Kaposis Sarcoma-Urgent query about spots

Normally, how long will it take from infected by HIV to have KS appeared in your skin? I had an oral sex with an HIV + people almost 5 month ago (she is in very high risk group). I had condomn on. This is the first that I have sex. I have not...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
From your questions, I can't tell if you even know if you're HIV positive or not. I would recommend that you get tested. It typically takes YEARS after the initial HIV infection to develop enough defects in your immune system to allow KS... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma With Normal CD4s

I was infected about one year ago and have maintained CD4s of 1100 to 1250 (50-56)with a viral load of 18,000 to 45,000. I have antibodies for HHSV 8. I am on no antivirals. I have a raised purple lesion on the hand for about two weeks associated...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Your new answer: Although it is true that Kaposi's sarcoma does indeed occur more commonly in patients with lower CD4 counts, KS can indeed occur in folks with CD4 counts as high as yours (1100 to 1250). Usually, but not always, folks with KS... 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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kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If a Kaposi's sarcoma is diagnosed, is it an important thing to
treat? I guess the question is, will other things kill a person
first?....Is this a sign that the end is in sight? What relevence
is a Kaposi's... Read more »

Kaposi Sarcoma---PLEASE HELP

Posted by InvisibleNoMore, 3 Replies
Hello All,

Today I found out that the lesions that were covering my body for the past couple months are Kaposi Sarcoma. I was diagnosed HIV+ almost a year ago. Since diagnosis I have been on Complera and my viral load has been undetectable and my CD4... Read more »

What are the symptoms of Kaposi's Sarcoma?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it possible for a person to develop KS less than a year after infection?

Here is my story. I had a risky encounter in November 05. Within 2 weeks I had tingling in my hands and feet (still do). I developed ringing in my ears and soreness under... 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 »