Thrush doesn't mean you have HIV!
Dec 9, 2010
This is more of a comment than a question but i figured i would post it anyway.
Im a medical student and I have always been quite scared, but at the same time interrested in HIV and its biology.
A few months ago I had some very unspecific "hiv symtpoms" like seborrheic dermatitis and athletes's foot. I wasn't very worried, but that was before i found a sore in my mouth and suscpected it was oral thrush. I went straight to an ENT specialist at the hospital where I'm studying and it was indeed thrush (culture confirmed that).
How could this happen to an otherwise healthy person?? I started reading litterature about thrush and found it very unlikely it would occur in an otherwise healthy person and figured it had to be hiv. I remember a microbiologist at some health forum saying oral thrush is extremely rare in healthy individuals and that you should think hiv immidiately if a patient experiences thrush.
I totally freaked out and started imagining lots of other symptoms such as muscle wasting. I almost instantly developed a cough and then constant diarrhoea. Making a long story short, i nearly made life unliveable for my girlfriend and everyone around me, until i manged to get an hiv test, which was negative.
I have no idea why i developed thrush, but at least i would like to share with everyone that it can occur without immune deficiency (not that you don't know that).
By the way, during my panick period i read alot about hiv on this page and if hiv will be a topic in my upcoming exams, im quite confident i will pass, thanks to you!
Thank you for all the information you provided here, it definitely helped me during my "hiv-panic"!
Response from Dr. Frascino
You are absolutely correct: "thrush doesn't mean you have HIV"! In fact the vast majority of cases of thrush have absolutely nothing to do with HIV/AIDS.
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