Kaposi’s Sarcoma

Kaposi’s Sarcoma
Kaposi’s sarcoma is a cancer of the walls of the blood vessels or lymphatic system. Kaposi’s Sarcoma is a malignant tumor frequently associated with AIDS. It mainly involves the skin. Human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) is associated with development of Kaposi’s Sarcoma.
Before the AIDS epidemic, Kaposi’s sarcoma was seen primarily in elderly Italian and Jewish men and developed slowly in these people.In AIDS patients, it can develop aggressively and often involves the skin, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and other organs.It is more frequently associated with AIDS in homosexual men than AIDS in IV drug users. The malignancy results in purplish grape-like lesions in the skin, gastrointestinal tract and other organs.Symptoms associated with Kaposi’s Sarcoma in the gastrointestinal lesions is bleeding. With lesions in the lungs it may cause shortness of breath and bloody sputum.The disease usually progresses slowly and can remain stable for years or decades. However, the skin tumors do have a substantial impact on quality of life in these patients, due both to the stigma associated with the visible skin tumors and the pain they can cause.The cancer usually occurs in people with weakened immune systems, such as those with AIDS or patients who are on immune-suppressing drugs following an organ transplant. The disease is rarely fatal and can often be successfully treated with chemotherapy or other therapies.The appearance of Kaposi’s sarcoma is a poor prognostic sign for individuals with AIDS. It was seen very rare in the United States before the AIDS epidemic.Treatment depends on the site and extent of the lesions. Radiation therapy or cryotherapy can be used in selected cases. Lesions can recur after treatment.

Cancer causing Virus can be spread by Kissing

John Pauk, M.D., M.P.H., formerly of the University of Washington in Seattle, and his associates found out that most cases of new infection of human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8), which caused an explosion in the number of Kaposi’s sarcoma cases at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, the virus was most likely transmitted through saliva. This cancer-causing form of herpes disproportionately affects homosexual men.

This study was done on 27 homosexual men. Comparing the sexual history of these patients with those of other homosexual men who were not infected with HHV-8, Pauk found that “deep” kissing (in which saliva is exchanged) with an HIV-positive partner or a partner with Kaposi’s sarcoma and the use of amyl nitrate capsules (“poppers”) or inhaled nitrates (both used to enhance the sexual experience) were associated with an increased risk of infection.

HIV ~ Human Immunodeficiency Virus
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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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