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Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

What Is KS? How Is KS Treated? Can KS Be Prevented? What Else Is Being Studied for KS? The Bottom Line What Is KS? Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a cancer-like disease. It originally was known as a disease affecting elderly men of Eastern European or Mediterranean background. KS also occurs in African men and people with a weakened immune system. The most common cause of KS now is HIV infection. KS is a sign of AIDS. KS usually shows...
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Article on KS; Can a female get it?

Just read the chilling article on KS and that they think it is a herpes 8 virus. I am female and am testing between 3-6 months-negative at 14 weeks. BUT what are the odds that a female can get it from a male and could having this possibly slow down...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It is indeed possible for a woman to develop KS. HOWEVER, in the United States, KS is still far more common in men than in women. If you are HIV negative, it would be highly unlikely for you to develop KS. There are many conditions, far more common... Read more »

KS Diagnosis, but HIV negative. How is this possible? Am I contagious?

I have recently been diagnosed with Kaposi's Sarcoma after a lesion was removed from the back of my leg. I was subsequently tested for HIV, and the result was negative. How common is it to have KS, and be HIV negative at the same time? Does a...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Yes, you can have Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) without being HIV positive! You are indeed correct, however, this is a bit unusual and is not what is typically described in what you read or what you see (such as Tom Hanks movie "Philadelphia", in which he... Read more »

What about African KS?

Why aren't we seeing large cases of KS with African AIDS like we initially saw with gay men in the early years of AIDS?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
When you mention African KS, are you referring to KS on the continent of Africa or KS among African-Americans. In Africa, KS is quite common. This is related to the fact that the herpesvirus (also known as HHV8), which causes KS, is quite common... Read more »

Can KS kill you?

Can KS kill you if left untreated? Can an HIV+ body reconstitute itself, through exercise and nutrition, in such a way that it is able to combat KS on its own? At what stage of Aids can you expect to develop KS?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
KS can kill you if it develops in one of your internal organs, such as the lung. Nutrition and exercise alone will not control KS. KS defines AIDS, not the other way around-- so if you have KS, regardless of the T cell count, you have AIDS. KS is... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Anti-Cancer Agents: B. More About KS

KS is divided into four types depending partly on ethnicity and geography, as follows: Classic KS This rare disease tends to occur in men of Mediterranean or Jewish heritage who are 50 years or older. Skin lesions usually appear on the feet or... Read more »
The Well Project

Cancers

Table of Contents What is Cancer? Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) Lymphoma Cervical Cancer Conclusion What is Cancer? Cancer refers to the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of certain cells that can interfere with normal body functions.... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Anti-Cancer Agents: C. KS in HIV-Negative Men

Studies in Western Europe and the United States suggest that about 25% of gay men are infected with HHV-8. In contrast, in women and in men who are not MSM, rates of infection are less than 5%. Researchers at two hospitals in Paris have been... Read more »
The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system , HIV targets and... 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 »

Symptom Question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
On the lists of common symptoms I've been reading, red or purple marks on or under skin is noted. This is kind of vague-what exactly does this mean-is it referring to something specific or can anyone out there be a bit more specific? Thank you. Read more »