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Glossary of HIV/AIDS Related Terms
(Starting with "K")

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Glossary of HIV/AIDS Related Terms, 5th Edition, AIDSinfo,
October 2005


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See: Kaposi's Sarcoma

See: Kaposi's Sarcoma Herpesvirus

Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)
A type of cancer caused by an overgrowth of blood vessels, which causes pink or purple spots or small bumps on the skin. The condition can also occur inside the body, especially in the intestines, lymph nodes, and lungs. When inside the body, KS can be life threatening. In people infected with HIV, KS is considered an AIDS-defining condition. A virus called Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) or human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is associated with Kaposi's sarcoma.

See Also:   Kaposi's Sarcoma Herpesvirus

Kaposi's Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV)
Also known as HHV-8. The virus associated with Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), a type of cancer that is considered an AIDS-defining condition in people with HIV.

See Also:   Kaposi's Sarcoma

Karnofsky Score
A score between 0 and 100 assigned by a health professional after watching a patient perform common tasks. A score of 100 means that the patient has normal physical abilities with no signs of disease. Decreasing numbers mean that the patient has less ability to perform activities of daily living.

Killer T Cell
See:    CD8 Cell

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