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Aplh. Ulcers - Cause? If not HIV - How?
Oct 23, 2000

Dear Dr.,

Is An Alph. (not sure of the spelling) Ulcer a good indication of possible HIV infection? If not caused by HIV how are they caused? Thank you.

Response from Dr. Reznik

Aphthous ulcerations are most frequently found in people who are *not* HIV positive. These painful oral ulcerations have been related to several factors such as stress, smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc. With all of the advances science/medicine/dental care have made over the last several years, one answer that still eludes us is the cause of these ulcers. Aphthous ulcerations do present in people living with HIV/AIDS and may last longer and be more painful when compared to HIV negative individuals.

Hope this helps!


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