If you are HIV-positive and have
AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma (KS), it's important to treat the HIV infection to help keep
it under control. KS is caused by infection with a virus called human herpes virus 8
(HHV-8). It is also known as the Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV).
Many people with KSHV do not
develop KS. But a weakened immune system because of HIV infection can allow KSHV to
grow. This can lead to KS. Keeping HIV infection under control (and your immune system
strong) can help keep the KSHV under control too.
In people with KS, HAART can often
cause KS lesions to shrink or not get worse without any other treatments. KS lesions
tend to get worse if you have an active infection. HAART can help strengthen your immune
system. This can help keep you from getting another virus or bacterial infection.
If the KS is more advanced, HAART
may be used along with chemotherapy.