Kaposi’s sarcoma is a type of cancer that has been the center of misinformation and myth for many years. It forms in the lining of the blood and lymph vessels and can cause a variety of issues. There are several types of Kaposi’s sarcoma. Each describes a method of transmission, location of origin, and specific symptoms. Depending on the type, Kaposi’s sarcoma ranges in severity and can become life-threatening if it affects certain organs.


1. Types of Kaposi’s Sarcoma

There are four types of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

  • Classic Kaposi’s sarcoma is a rare, slow-growing form that typically affects men of Eastern European Jewish or Italian ancestry.
  • Endemic or African Kaposi’s sarcoma primarily affects men of varying ages in Equatorial African countries. It can be slow-growing or aggressive.
  • Epidemic or AIDS-associated Kaposi’s sarcoma is the most common type in the United States and Africa. It appears exclusively in people with HIV. Doctors use the presence of this type to note a progression from HIV-positive to AIDS.
  • Iatrogenic or transplant-related Kaposi’s sarcoma develops in individuals who have received a transplant, caused by the immunosuppressants they must take.
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