How Do You Know If You Have Kaposis Sarcoma
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Harvard Medical SchoolKaposi'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 »
Harvard Medical SchoolIt 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 »
Harvard Medical SchoolKaposi'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 »
Harvard Medical SchoolI'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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Posted by jstanavgguy, 1 ReplyI 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 »
Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyIs 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 »
Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyI 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 »
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