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Getting Kaposis Sarcoma When You're Hiv Positive

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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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Could you get Kaposi Sarcoma or Hiv even if you used a condom?

Yes, I wanted to know if you could get Hiv or Kaposi Sarcoma even though you used a condom. 11 almost 12 years ago, I saw really bright red spots on my thigh about 3 to 6 weeks after itercourse.There was definately protection there but I have been...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,As you have probably read in this forum many times, "protected" sex is indeed protected if the latex condom was used properly and did not fail.The "spots" you describe do not sound at all like Kaposi's Sarcoma. If a... Read more »

kidney failure + kaposi sarcoma

I have an aunt in her mid 60's and she has been positive for some time now. She was diagnosed with kaposi's sarcoma a month ago and had been treated with Cosmegen. After 3 weeks of treatment, her kidney results came in and treatment was...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
I am sorry to hear about your aunt.Acute renal failure has been reported with use of Cosmegen. If she has no underlying kidney disease (from diabetes, hypertension or from HIV), it may be too soon to know how much recovery she may have of her... Read more »

red spot on big toe - kaposi sarcoma?

I apologize for the lengthy nature of this question - please bear with me. My husband has a red spot on his big toe, between the toenail and the joint in the toe, which, for lack of a better descriptive term, looks like a hickey. It is not painful....
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Unfortunately there's really no way for me to tell over the internet whether this is Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) or not. There are many many other lesions this could be other than KS. Basically any lesion which does not heal should be biopsied.... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma and acute HIV infection. Is it possible?

Dear Dr Dezube. I am confused on whether or not Kaposi's Sarcoma can present itself during acute infection with HIV. From everything I've read from literature and other doctors on thebody.com, KS does NOT appear during acute infection and...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It would be most unusual, though not impossible, for KS to appear during an acute HIV infection (i.e. when a person becomes infected by HIV). Typically KS does not appear until the immune system is somewhat compromised. On rare occasions, gay men... Read more »
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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 Sarcoma---PLEASE HELP

Posted by InvisibleNoMore, 2 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 »

Kaposi Sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous
I have KS and was diagnosed in August 2001, and shortly thereafter was tested for HIV and was positive. My t-cells are in the 600s and I have been undetectable since Sept. 2001. My KS are on my right ankle. About every 9 months I get a new, but... 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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