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Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

...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 up in the skin, or in the linings of the mouth, nose, or eye. KS can also spread to the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines, and lymph nodes. KS involves the...
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Will my Kaposi Sarcoma lesions go away after treatment?

Hello:I was diagnosed with KS approx 2 years ago. After that I underwent weekly chemotherapy for 1.5 years and then electron radiation daily for 10 sessions. Although, the CT Scan now shows the KS has receeded, the dark black marks are still all...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...threatening; however, if the lesions are extensive, they can be disfiguring and make walking difficult if the feet and legs are involved. KS can spread to other body parts, such as the lungs and other internal organs, and become much more... Read more »

weight loss

people who live with the virus do they loose weight.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...high percentage of HIV infected persons will become ill over time. AIDS-related illness can involve a wide range of germs and organ systems. Frequently patients lose weight as their illness-in the absence of effective treatment-progresses. KH Read more »

ks (KAPOSI'S SARCOMA)

Hi Dr Bob,Just logged back in over the last couple of weeks... my bf started his meds in jan and his cd 4 has come up to 500 and he is undetectable at mo . He seeems so much healthier and has much more energy but has just been diagnosed with KS - he...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...threatening; however, if the lesions are extensive, they can be disfiguring and make walking difficult if the feet and legs are involved. KS can spread to other body parts, such as the lungs and other internal organs, and become much more... Read more »

Longterm HIV and KS

I am a longterm (20 year) HIV survivor and have been on antivirals the entire time. I have never had an opportunistic infection but was just diagnosed with KS. I've read of the study in SF where KS is coming back but unable to find out much about...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,I'll reprint some information below from the archives about Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) in general and also concerning the new cases recently described in San Francisco. The new cluster Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Study Finds Heart Disease in Young HIV-Positive Men

... The widespread availability of potent anti-HIV therapy has prolonged the survival of HIV-positive people, particularly those who live in high-income countries and who are engaged Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Methamphetamine

...overdose from use of methamphetamine. Increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and vascular constriction affect many organ systems, causing heart problems, stroke, and acute kidney failure. They usually result in direct toxic effects,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics/Latinos

... The HIV epidemic is a serious threat to the Hispanic/Latino community. While Hispanics/Latinos 1 represented approximately 15% of Read more »
HIV Coalition (HIVCO)

What Is HIV/AIDS?

...donors also began in 1985.) HIV and AIDS are not transmitted through casual contact (that is, where no blood or body fluids are involved). HIV is what gets passed from person to person. People don't "catch AIDS"; they "become infected with HIV."... Read more »
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Alternatives?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...http://aliveandwell.org/ Any truth to these sites? Who to believe: government sites or activist sites? The more I research information about HIV and AIDS, the more complicated the relationship between the two seems to be and the more treatments... Read more »

The way we address HIV is cause for concern

Posted by bradford
...physicians as well as individuals living with HIV, who have realized another understanding of how HIV and other diseases can be affected. The fact the emphasis on treatment is placed predominantly on medical and pharmaceutical while other methods... Read more »

Croh's & HIV association???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...have had so many symptoms it scares me, I have just been diagnosed with Crohn's. My question is can HIV antibody testing be affected from already having Crohn's Disease? I have a 95 day negative HIV test, but have read that HIV detection may be... Read more »

Confusion & Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
...opportunistic. infections). Thats all we knew! Those who were infected looked for ways to boost their immune system. Not everyone affected by the disease was dying. Unfortunately, the media wrote only about those who were being ravaged by the... Read more »