Kaposi's sarcoma in homosexual men-a report of eight cases.


Journal Article

The clinical findings in eight young homosexual men in New York with Kaposi's sarcoma showed some unusual features. Unlike the form usually seen in North America and Europe, it affected younger men (4th decade rather than 7th decade); the skin lesions wee generalised rather than being predominantly in the lower limbs, and the disease was more aggressive (survival of less than 20 months rather 8-13 years). All eight had had a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. All those tested for cytomegalovirus antibodies and hepatitis B surface antigen of anti-hepatitis B antibody gave positive results. This unusual occurrence of Kaposi's sarcoma in a population much exposed to sexually transmissible diseases suggests that such exposure may play a role in its pathogenesis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hymes, KB; Cheung, T; Greene, JB; Prose, NS; Marcus, A; Ballard, H; William, DC; Laubenstein, LJ

Published Date

  • September 19, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 8247

Start / End Page

  • 598 - 600

PubMed ID

  • 6116083

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6116083

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0140-6736(81)92740-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England