HHV-8: a new herpesvirus associated with Kaposi's sarcoma

Trends Microbiol. 1996 Oct;4(10):383-6. doi: 10.1016/0966-842X(96)10060-3.


Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a multifocal neoplasm that develops in a high proportion of HIV-infected homosexual men. KS lesions contain novel herpes-like DNA sequences (HHV-8), and recent studies characterizing HHV-8 and its association with KS, and with other diseases, suggest that HHV-8 may represent the etiological viral pathogen.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / virology*
  • Female
  • Herpesvirus 8, Human*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi / virology*