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please help: furry tongue
Jul 16, 2001

I am a 21 year old female with a problem. It was in January of 2001 in which my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex. The last time was in march . We ended the relationship shortly thereafter. This june i went to be tested for HIV and the test came out negative. It was about a week ago that I began having problems. At fist it felt like the muscle in my neck and throat were tightening and it felt like there was something in my throat that I couldn't swallow down. And this week I had a coating on my tongue, It was whitish-yellow and had the appearance of wet fur. My mouth has been dry and feels like it has a cotton type coating to it, The furish substance came off when I brushed my tongue. I can swallow fine and my throat is a little scratchy. I had been taking metronidazole for a week but that was about two weeks ago. I have frequent urination but no burning. My urine is a clear color with an odor to it. My question is do you think that this is HIV related and should I get retested? Thanks, lakailah

Response from Dr. Aberg

No, I do not think you have HIV. I think you have an uncommon but definitely reported side effect from the metronidiazole. Furry tongue and dry mouth are side effects from the metronidazole. It should go away soon.

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