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How Do I Know If I Have Kaposi Sarcoma

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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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If you have Kaposi's sarcoma, do you have AIDS?

if you have Kaposi's sarcoma do yo have HIV or AIDS and can you tell me how wold you know if you have KS...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Kaposi's sarcoma is an AIDS-defining illness. So by definition, if a person is HIV positive and has KS, then that person has full-blown AIDS, no matter what the person's CD4 count is. It turns out that folks who get diagnosed with AIDS... Read more »

What does kaposi's sarcoma look like??

Hi I am an 18 year old female and I have a reddish purple spot on the skin tissue of my right breast. It is flat, spotty and looks like a bruise, but it has been there for more than a week now and has not changed color. I am trying to figure out...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It would help to know if you're HIV positive. If you are HIV negative, KS would be most unusual. The skin lesions appear most often on the lower extremities, face (especially the nose), mouth, and genitalia, but they can also appear in many... Read more »

Can I get Kaposi's sarcoma from a woman?

I am a straight male. I would like to know if it is likely to get Kaposi's sarcoma from a woman?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Kaposi's sarcoma is caused by the Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (also known as human herpes virus-8, HHV8). It is mostly found in the oral cavity (saliva). HHV8 is a pretty common virus, particulary among gay men (either HIV+ or HIV-).... Read more »

Can I inherit Kaposi's sarcoma from my mother?

my mother who passed away last month. She had Kaposi's sarcoma for years, although this was not the cause of death. My question is-- there are five siblings...is there a chance of gene inheritance?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Although some cancers are indeed passed on through the genes, Kaposi's sarcoma fortunately is NOT one of them. Neither you nor your siblings need to go through any special screening to get checked for... Read more »
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Kaposi's sarcoma questions

Posted by jstanavgguy, 1 Reply
I recently foun d a dark spot on the inside of my thigh. I actually scraped it off, as it was on the top of my skin, almost like a mole or birthmark.

Underneath of this spot, there was no more discoloration, and there was hardly any bleeding.

Are KS... Read more »

kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
does anyone here have KS? 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

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I need to know what a flat KS lesion looks like. Would it become darker in color after being exposed to hot water and then look less dark later? Can you see the blood move out of it when you push it and then see it rush back in when released? ... Read more »