Jul 11, 2000
I do get minor aphthous ulcers, does this mean I am infected with HIV or can this be caused by other things?
Response from Dr. Reznik
Whereas we do see aphthous ulcerations in people living with HIV/AIDS, by mo means is this a tool we use in the diagnosis of this disease. Aphthous ulcers are *very common* in HIV negative individuals. The main difference we see is that these ulcers tend to last longer, be more painful as well as larger in people who are severely immunocompromised and require treatment intervention for resolution, whereas in the immunocompetent population these ulcers are usually self-limiting.
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