Destruction of Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV), computer illustration. Conceptual image for Kaposi's sarcoma treatment and prevention. KSHV, or human herpesvirus 8, is an oncovirus, a virus that can cause cancer. Its name is derived from being the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma in patients with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The capsid surrounds the viral DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and is in turn surrounded by tegument protein and a lipid membrane.
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