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How Do You Know If You Have Kaposis Sarcoma

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AIDS InfoNet

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
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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 Read more »

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
...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 physician thought you had psoriasis, perhaps indeed that's what you have. If you don't believe... Read more »

Kaposis Sarcoma - I'm scared to death; Do I have KS or HIV?

Hello Dr., I apologize for the long question, but things are starting to add up and scare me a bit here. I am a 28 year old heterosexual white male. I have a growing concern that I may have K.S., and therefore HIV. About 5 weeks ago I developed a...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...I appreciate your fear. Knowledge is power. As I'm sure your well aware, both HIV and KS are VERY treatable. I would urge you in the strongest of terms to get HIV-tested and probably to have one of your lesions biopsied. 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 Kaposi's Read more »
Articles
Treatment Action Group

The KS Project Report: Research Paper Details Advances, Obstacles In The Treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma

...APLA's Marty Majchrowicz debuted their joint collaboration, "The KS Project Report: Current Issues in Research and Treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma," at the X International Conference in Yokohama before the otherwise listless press corps. Following... Read more »
University of California-San Francisco

UCSF Researchers Identify New Drug Target for Kaposi's Sarcoma

... Charles S. Craik, Ph.D. UCSF researchers have identified a new potential drug target for the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma, re-opening the possibility of using the class of drugs called protease inhibitors against the full... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Anti-Cancer Agents: A. Kaposi's Sarcoma -- Past and Future

...and trends. Lancet Oncology 2008 Jul;9(7):683-92. Bahl S, Theis B, Nishri D, et al. Changing incidence of AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Ontario, Canada. Cancer causes & control . 2008; in press . Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Can Low-Dose Shark Cartilage Shrink Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)?

...drug-resistant cancer. Cancer Research 2000;60(7):1878-1886. Hillman J.D., Peng A.T., Gilliam A.C., et al. Treatment of Kaposi sarcoma with oral administration of shark cartilage in a human herpesevirus 8-seropositive, human immunodeficiency... Read more »
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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 Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma - after four weeks?

Posted by Sprite1, 1 Reply
...How quickly does Kaposi's Sarcoma manifest? In addition to what I believe are new moles, I also have a couple of flat red spots on my shoulder now. Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma Question

Posted by dallas73guy, 3 Replies
...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 in the literature. WIll ask my doctor about it. Here is my question -- is it possible to... Read more »