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Kaposi's sarcoma. Tumour nodules (dark spots) caused by Kaposi's sarcoma, on the excised lungs of an AIDS patient. The heart is at centre. 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, as seen here, 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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