Margareth Borok

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OBJECTIVES To assess the incidence, predictors, and outcomes of Kaposi sarcoma-associated paradoxical immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (KS-IRIS) in antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naive HIV-infected patients with Kaposi sarcoma initiating ART in both well resourced and limited-resourced settings. DESIGN Pooled analysis of three prospective cohorts(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the relationship between human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8 or Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus) peripheral blood virus load and Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) clinical stage. DESIGN Blinded, cross-sectional analysis of peripheral blood HHV-8 DNA levels in persons with AIDS-related KS in Harare, Zimbabwe. METHODS Subjects were stratified by(More)
We have evaluated the in vivo effects of 13-cis retinoic acid (13-cis RA) on human antibody responses to immunization with tetanus toxoid (TT) and keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH). Subjects with severe cystic acne were immunized with suboptimal doses (10 micrograms) of KLH 7 d and 3 months after starting retinoid therapy (13-cis RA, 1 mg/kg/day for 4 mo). A(More)
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) in oral and genital secretions of women may be involved in horizontal and vertical transmission in endemic regions. Nested polymerase chain reaction assays were used to detect KSHV DNA sequences in one-third of oral, vaginal, and cervical specimens and in 42% of peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC)(More)
In a randomized comparison of nevirapine or abacavir with zidovudine plus lamivudine, routine viral load monitoring was not performed, yet 27% of individuals with viral failure at week 48 experienced resuppression by week 96 without switching. This supports World Health Organization recommendations that suspected viral failure should trigger adherence(More)
We report a retrospective review of 18 patients with pityriasis rubra pilaris treated with isotretinoin or etretinate, or both. Of patients treated with only isotretinoin, 60% have achieved sustained resolution. Of four patients treated with etretinate, three have cleared completely and the other patient has shown substantial improvement. Our data suggest(More)
Although retinoid derivatives are an effective treatment for severe psoriasis, they result in systemic toxicity, including hyperlipidemia. In an attempt to reverse this retinoid-related hyperlipidemia in patients with psoriasis, a prospective 4-week pilot study of fish oil supplementation was carried out in 25 patients with psoriasis vulgaris receiving(More)