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“People started getting other things wrong Kaposi's sarcoma,” he adds, referring to a rare type of skin cancer caused by an opportunistic virus common in those with weak immune systems."As long as you get tested and get the right treatment you carry on living like I have," he stresses.You can play an important role in promotion health and wellness on campus!“Brian was taken ill during the Christmas of 1986,” recalls Michael of his partner of 17-and-a-half-years, with whom he lived in north London.He was diagnosed with Pneumocystis, a form of pneumonia caused by a fungus and Kaposi's sarcoma. I didn’t realise how ill he was until he was hospitalised.