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leukoplakia symptomatic of seroconversion?
Dec 19, 2000

Dr. Reznik,

I may or may not have had exposure to HIV 7 weeks ago. i am now seeing what looks like the beginnings of hairy leukoplakia on my tongue. could leukoplakia show up this soon after being possibly infected?

thanks in advance

Response from Dr. Reznik

I would not expect oral hairy leukoplakia to be a sign of seroconversion.

There are several reasons why you may have a white looking area on the side of your tongue including the most common explanation which would be irritation or abrasion. I do advise that you visit a dentist experienced in oral medicine or an oral pathologist.

DR


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