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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 cause of KS now is HIV infection. KS is a sign of AIDS. KS usually shows...
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I have KS lesions on my skin and they now discovered them in my lungs. I have been on HAART medicines (Truvada+Lexiva+Norvir) for two months now and my T-cells have gone from 70 to 290 and my viral load from 150,000 to 1250. My infectious disease...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
They're both right. The best treatment for KS is to go on HAART as you have done. Over time (many months), KS of the skin and other parts of your body should just get better on their own. When KS affects vital organs (such as your lungs), there is... Read more »

Update 3 lives in danger

Hi Dr. Bob How are you? Sorry to be writing again and I'll try and be brief. I saw an Infectious Disease Specialist who ran a CD4 test on me. The results were CD4 of 1318, a CD4% of 46% and she said the CD4/CD8 ratio was normal. A CBC also...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,My opinion hasn't changed. In fact, it's remained remarkably consistent. (See below.) I think Zoloft is an excellent idea!Dr. BobUpdate from 2004 3 lives in danger one is daughter Feb 21, 2010Dear Dr. Bob I am glad to see you are doing well... Read more »

KS in the mouth

I have KS in my mouth, is there a danger of it spreading to my brain from there? My viral load is dropping with protease inhibitors, will the KS go away or can it continue to grow? Is there any new treatments for KS?
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
One of the few good things about Kaposi's sarcoma is that it doesn't usually go to the brain. It generally involves the skin, the mucus membranes (such as in the mouth or the gastrointestinal tract), and the visceral organs of the body, most... Read more »

Are tanning beds dangerous?

A question about tanning beds. could this speed up progression to KS? Could it do other harmful things as well?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
This question is obviously a very sensitive one. I'd first like to give a disclaimer that I am only giving my opinion and nothing more than that.Although it is unlikely for the tanning solution to speed up your KS, I usually advise my patients not... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents A Look at the Numbers Is HIV Different for Men and Women? Treatment in HIV+ Women: Efficacy, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions Gynecological Issues in HIV+ Women Pregnancy and HIV In Conclusion A... Read more »
The Well Project


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 »
AIDS InfoNet

DNCB (Dinitrochlorobenzene)

What Is DNCB? What Are the Benefits of DNCB? Why Did People With HIV Use DNCB? How Was DNCB Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does DNCB Interact With Other Therapies? How Do We Know It Works? The Bottom Line What Is... 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, 2 Replies
does anyone here have KS? Read more »

KS suspect

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have reason to believe I may have come into contact with KS, I understand these lesions can show up briefly and dissapear just as quickly. I`m really worried. It looks nothing like typical herpes rashes or syhpillis. In fact it looks more like... Read more »

KS quotation, Dr Dezube

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
KS is caused by a type of herpesvirus called HHV-8 or KSHV. It likes to reside in the oral cavity. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the KS virus can be spread by deep kissing. HOWEVER, many viruses can be spread by... Read more »

KS lesions

Posted by Anonymous
Is there anyone out there with knowledge about KS or who has KS? I really need to communicate with someone who has first-hand information. Read more »