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Oct 9, 2002

Is it possible that a thrush involving the tongue lasts for less than 24 hrs during an ARS? Could a white tongue be a side effect of the PEP?

Response from Dr. Henry

thrush for < 24 hours in ARS is very unusual. Similarly, white tongue is usually not due to PEP side effects. White coating of tongue is seen in many patients without HIV. The more specific (for HIV) oral hairy leukoplakia or thrush has a particular appearance often recognized by an experienced clinician or dentist. KH

sore throat as side effect
odd shaped skin rashes in scalp and other parts of body

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