Talk:Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus

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Rename?[edit]

Seeing as it's official name is Human Herpesvirus 8, and as it doesn't just cause KS, but also Castleman's and PEL, shouldn't we rename this article Human Herpesvirus 8 and have KSHV redirect to it rather than the other way around? FelixFelix talk 16:58, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

  • This got left a long time ago, but I agree that the page should be renamed. If there aren't any objections, I'll do the move. Calindigo (talk) 13:44, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Agreed, please rename page. Ocdnctx (talk) 15:00, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Epidemiology?[edit]

Is there any data on the prevalence of KS in immunocompetent HHV-8 infected individuals?74.79.161.1 17:15, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Editing to eliminate strong bias[edit]

I deleted a large section of non-cited material showing heavy bias and misinformation about homosexuality and Africans. As a molecular biologist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, I must say that what I read was very disturbing, and thus edited it accordingly. The information was also reviewed by a Pharm.D., Ph.D.

DavARob (talk) 04:00, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

More than half of a group of patients with psoriasis tested positive for human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8)[edit]

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ICD/14470


ICD: Herpes Virus Linked to Psoriasis

By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: June 01, 2009

Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner


PRAGUE, June 1 -- More than half of a group of patients with psoriasis tested positive for human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8), suggesting infection might play a role in the etiology of the disease, according to data reported here.
The prevalence of HHV-8 was more than four times higher in biopsy specimens of patients with psoriasis than in an age-matched control group without psoriasis, Samar Samoud, M.D., of Farhat Hached Hospital in Sousse, Tunisia, and colleagues said in a poster presentation at the International Congress of Dermatology.

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... [S]pecimens from 22 of 40 patients with psoriasis (55%) were positive for HHV-8 antibodies compared with five of 40 (12.5%) individuals in the control group (P<0.001).

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However, when the investigators compared HHV-8 status with psoriasis disease activity, they found no correlation.


Primary source: International Congress of Dermatology

Samoud S, et al "High prevalence of human herpes virus 8 infection in psoriasis" ICD 2009; Abstract P358.