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Kaposi's Sarcoma Opportunistic Infection

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AIDS InfoNet

Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

...areas where they're needed. Some side effects are reduced with liposomal forms of drugs. Can KS Be Prevented? It is not clear how HHV-8 spreads. It might be spread through sexual activity and deep kissing. As with other opportunistic infections, a healthy immune system can control HHV-8 infection. The best way to prevent KS is by using strong anti-HIV medications to keep your immune system strong. What Else Is Being Studied for KS? ...
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Bacillary angiomatosis

When is Bacillary angiomatosis likely to show up after contracting HIV? Could it show up just a few weeks after getting the virus?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...mistaken for) Kaposi sarcoma in HIV/AIDS patients with very low CD4 counts (usually less than 50). This is a very late-stage opportunistic infection. It does not show up "a few weeks after getting the virus."Dr. Bob Read more »

Kaposis Sarcoma

Hi Dr. Bob,I recently wrote to you about my partners KS- he was going to have chemo but the consultant said as the lesions are fading they are going to wait and see for another 4 to 6 weeks. I wonder if you could ask you a quick question, may sound...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...saliva). Consequently it may well be spread through both sexual activity and kissing. However, as noted above, as with other opportunistic infections and malignancies, a healthy immune system can control HHV8/KSHV. The best way to prevent KS is... Read more »

HIV POSITIVE COUPLE CONTINUING SEX

What are the risks involved with an HIV-positive husband and wife continuing their sexual relationship? Should sexual relationships continue?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...controversial. The following is a general review about the issues of reinfection with HIV, and also about the risks of STDs and opportunistic infections. Ultimately, the decision of how much risk you are willing to take, is up to you.Let me... Read more »

Symptoms of Kaposi's Sarcoma

My partner has decided to stop taking the 'cocktail' drugs due to the gastrointestinal side effects he could no longer tolerate. He has made the very difficult decision to treat opportunistic infections instead. His viral load is literally 'off the...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It sounds like it may be KS. These kind of skin lesions -- especially when there are a small number -- is more of a cosmetic problem than a health problem. They can be treated with injections of various medicines into the lesion or with radiation... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The GHESKIO Field Hospital and Clinics After the Earthquake in Haiti -- Dispatch 3 From Port-au-Prince

... After Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake, the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) in Port-au-Prince became a refugee camp and an emergency field hospital, in addition to remaining a clinic for AIDS Read more »
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HIV/AIDS Clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Hit Hard by Earthquake; How You Can Help

...Jean W. Pape, M.D., the director of the facility . GHESKIO, short for the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections, was founded in 1982 and was among the first to study the rise of HIV/AIDS in the developing... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Doctors in Haiti Fight Superstition, Poverty in War Against AIDS

...GHESKIO, a Port-au-Prince STD clinic whose name derives from the French for "Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections." "I thought God would protect me, but he didn't," said Elisabeth Dumay, who continued... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Bank Says Greater Prevention Efforts Needed to Reverse Course of HIV/AIDS Epidemic

...could increase by 36 percent, said Dr. Bill Pape, executive director of the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO). The GHESKIO-Cornell University study found clinical evidence linking hunger to... Read more »
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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

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... Read more »

Any women out there with Kaposi's Sarcoma?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I really need to talk with someone about KS. Heard that it is rare in women. Are there any ladies out there with Kaposi's sarcoma who could answer some questions/offer some support? I'll respond as soon as I see a reply to this post. ... Read more »