February #32 : Sealed w/KS

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Marked Man

Warts and All

Cracker Jack

Names Will Never Hurt You?

War on the Warts

Rub a Drug Flub

Déjà Vu

Green Means Go

The Cutting Edge

Sealed w/KS

Shalala Infections

An Ad Is an Ad Is an Ad

ADAP Tapped

Trojan Wars

Girls on Trial

The Pill Drill

Say What

Tapped for Greatness

My Brother

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

Carmine’s Story

There Is Hope: Learning to Live With HIV

Crocodile Tears

The Kinsey Sicks



Cocktails: The Morning After

Patrolling the Borders


Instruments of Infection

Hiccup Blues

A New Kind of Waisting

.38 Caliber

The Labors for Your Fruits

Barbed Comments

Party Planner

Hollywood Golightly

At the End of My Hope

Criminal Body

I Got All My Sistahs With Me

Primo Chemo



POZ Stars


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February 1998

Sealed w/KS

Purple badges may have merit

Research indicating that PWAs who have Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) may develop AIDS more slowly than others got a lukewarm welcome from experts. The test-tube experiment at London’s Institute of Cancer Research showed that KS-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) produces chemokine proteins that latch onto cell doorways and block the entrance of HIV. The Institute’s Dr. Chris Boshoff said the “promiscuous” viral chemokines latch onto many different receptors, including CCR3, which helps usher HIV into brain cells. This, he said, could block the invasion of HIV into the brain, cutting down on dementia in PWAs with KS.

Not everyone agrees. “After 15 years of working with KS patients, I can’t believe this finding has any clinical significance,” said Dr. Alexandra Levine, of the University of Southern California’s Norris Cancer Center. She called the results an interesting lab phenomenon, but, she said, “There’s no way KS helps you as far as HIV. That’s common sense.”

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