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Worried about Thrush
Sep 13, 1999

Reading some articles, I have found that Thrush is associated with HIV and AIDS, just because a person has thrush does this mean that they possibly are infected with the HIV virus?

Response from Dr. Reznik

There are numerous reasons why a person may present with thrush (candidiasis), including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, uncontrolled diabetes, use of asthma inhalers, use of systemic corticosteroids such as prednisone, etc. In a more broad sense, there are not any oral manifestations we see in association with HIV/AIDS that are only seen in this patient population.

If a person does develop thrush, they should go see their primary care provider to determine what the possible underlying condition or cause may be.

Take care,

DR


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