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reoccurring thrush in mouth only
Feb 17, 2000

I keep experiencing thrush in my mouth. I had a pap smear done, and everything turned out clear. I was prescribed Diflucan once, and it slowly went away. Now, 2 weeks later I have it again. I am a virgin, have been tested for HIV and came out negative. My boyfriend is negative too. I am still afraid because this won't go away. Could it be I am sick with HIV that has not been detected yet. I am not diabetic, and I only take Prozac as an antibiotic. Why is this oral yeast infection still appearing. I have been to the doctor, and they said sometimes stress can cause it. Well then why is it happening again? I am really scared it could be very serious!! :( Do you have any answers on why this fungal infection came. Can you get it from Oral sex? Will it ever go away? Am I HIV infected even though my tests are negative at this time? I would appreciate any advice on this scary subject? Thanks

Response from Dr. Feinberg

You could conceivably pick up thrush from oral sex. If you practice safe sex (including condom use with oral sex) and follow-up HIV tests at 2 and 6 months are negative for HIV, then you don't have HIV. There are other reasons to get yeast infections (thrush), including diabetes, antibiotic use and other immune problems besides HIV. It should go away with treatment, including management of any underlying condition. I imagine stress could contribute to this as well, although I'm not aware of any data that specifically address this situation. Check with your doctor again, and if you're not satisfied with the answers you get, ask to be referred to an immunologist or infectious disease doctor.


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