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If I Have Kaposis Sarcoma Do I Have Hiv

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Kaposi's Sarcoma and HIV: Not Gone, Not Forgotten

To many, the condition known as Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) may feel like a relic from the HIV epidemic's bygone days. But in many parts of the world, KS remains as clear and present a health danger today as it was in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, when... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Physicians in San Francisco Identify Kaposi's Sarcoma Cluster Among HIV-Positive MSM

Physicians from San Francisco General Hospital last month in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine said they had identified between November 2004 and January 2006 a cluster of nine cases of Kaposi's sarcoma among HIV-positive... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

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

One of the hallmarks of AIDS, particularly in the early years of the pandemic, was the appearance of skin tumours called Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). During the 1980s, KS was very common in people with AIDS. Indeed, in those years, sometimes the only... Read more »
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Kaposi's sarcoma and HIV Negative

I am a gay man, HIV negative, 34 years old, and have been diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma. The doctors are puzzled because although there is such a thing called Senile Kaposi's sarcoma, I am only thirty four. Each doctor I have consulted...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It is indeed possible to have KS WITHOUT having HIV. Basically KS and AIDS are each caused by a virus; KS by the HHV-8 virus and AIDS by the HIV virus. Although the majority of gay men with KS carry both viruses and therefore have both KS and... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma & HIV

I was recently diagnosed two weeks ago with CD count 220 and load of 200,000. One of the drugs caused a jaundice reaction, therefore, I am trying another one. My question, does KS complicate treatment? What do you recommend for KS? Is KS an...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.In general, if the KS is limited to the skin, for most patients, the best treatment is HAART. The best regimen for you is based on decisions about the HIV and less about KS.KS is certainly not a death sentence- with... Read more »

Strong fear of Kaposi's sarcoma and HIV

i am a woman of 24 years. Over the past year I have developed skin lesions on my thighs and legs. It started with only one spot that grew larger and larger, now I discover new spots quite often. I have seen a few doctors, but they only prescribe me...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You need to find out what you have. The only sure way to do this is to have a biopsy of one of your spots. It's a relatively minor procedure that can be done by your dermatologist or other provider. Since you're concerned about HIV, I... 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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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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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 »

does this look like kaposi's sarcoma? *picture*

Posted by anxious66, 2 Replies
i have read that kaposi sarcoma can present itself at any stage of HIV infection, this is IF i was infected which everyone i'v spoken to is convinced i havent.

risk was unprotected oral msm me giving for about a minute, no ejaculation, possibly... 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 »