Kaposi's sarcoma

Kaposi's sarcoma

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Credit: DR M.A. ANSARY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Kaposi's sarcoma. Ulcerated plaques caused by Kaposi's sarcoma, on the roof of the mouth (palate) of a patient with AIDS. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It causes a gradual weakening of the immune system, making otherwise harmless infections life-threatening. Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of skin cancer. In AIDS it often spreads to other tissues and can be rapidly fatal. This image was taken in Africa, where lack of access to medicine and information makes AIDS a major public health concern.

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Keywords: acquired immune deficiency, africa, african, aids, atypical, cancer, condition, disease, disorder, female, healthcare, kaposi's sarcoma, medical, medicine, mouth, oral, palate, plaque, plaques, pre-treatment, secondary, skin, swelling, swollen, syndrome, third world, tropical, tumour, ulcer, ulcerated, ulcers, woman

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