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Could Coated Tongue Be A Sign Of Primary HIV Infection

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The Well Project

Fungal Infections

...infections from occurring is to keep the immune system healthy by using HIV drugs when necessary and seeing your doctor on a regular basis. Bartlett, J.G. (2003). Management of opportunistic infections and other complications of HIV infection. Medical Management of HIV Infection, Online Edition. Ch. 5: Retrieved July 2003 from http://hopkins-aids.edu/publications/book/book_toc.html . Herbrecht R. et. al. (2002). Voriconazole versus...
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Diagnosed with Thrush......

Dear Dr, I live in the UK and safer sex education here has always tended to suggest that the main thing one should do to avoid HIV infection is to avoid unprotected vaginal or anal sex. I have followed this advice, but now and then participated in...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
...It is not uncommon for a primary care provider to confuse coated tongue with pseudomembranous candidiasis (thrush), which is the main reason I included a small section on coated tongue in the article Read more »

Afraid of infection from symptoms

I have a white coating on my tongue. I understand you said this may be the result of something else. I was wondering what other signs should I look for a possible infection.I feel I could of been exposed a year ago. I had unprotected oral sex where...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
...A white coating on the tongue would not be a sign or a symptom of HIV infection. I believe it would be a mistake to point out potential oral signs of HIV infection for individuals to use as markers to determine Read more »

1 year later and still coated tongue

Dr. Reznik14 months have passed since my seroconversion illness and i still present with coated tongue, some days worse than others. I have been to a dentist of ENT doc who said just to brush tongue. This problem is quite irritating. Since my VL...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
...Dear Jack:Coated tongue is not related to HIV infection per say. In other words, to my knowledge there is nothing regarding the pathogenesis of HIV infection Read more »

RECURRENT TONGUE COATING

I have a white coating on my tongue that just won't go away. I also have saliva that is stringy and is built up in my throat in the morning. It started about a year ago when I was under alot of stress. I have seen a doctor who said it might be...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
...Coated tongue is more common in individuals who have some form of dry mouth as well as people who are under stress. Since you mention that Read more »
Articles
U.S. National Institutes of Health

U.S. Updates Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children

...HIV-infected children and childrenwho were HIV-exposed through birth to an HIV-infected mother." Dr. Mofenson said. In recent years, HIV infection has increased among adolescents. "We hope that doctors and clinicians make use of these new... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Expanding Epidemic

...of 28 co-infected MSM (25 percent). Of the 28 co-infected men, only five reported any history of injection drug use (IDU). HIV infection, IDU, fisting, and use of gamma hydroxyl butyrate (GHB) were found to be significantly associated with HCV... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Using Respondent-Driven Sampling in a Hidden Population at Risk of HIV Infection: Who Do HIV-Positive Recruiters Recruit?

Respondent-driven sampling (RDS), a network-based method used to recruit hidden populations, is prone to bias. "However, these biases could facilitate recruitment of high-risk networks," according to the authors, who examined recruitment patterns... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...vaccination directly prevent pathogen-specific morbidity and mortality, they might also contribute to reduced rate of progression of HIV disease. For instance, randomized trials using trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) have documented that... Read more »
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Afraid. Are they signs? How risky?

Posted by Onsen3, 2 Replies
...have unprotected anal sex or offer oral sex only recieved. What are my chances of having it and which of these could be primary HIV infection symptoms? Thank you for your help. Read more »

coated tongue is not thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...like white patches in your tongue and other parts, that CAN BE REMOVED leaving a red and sometimes bleeding surface. Not like coated tongue that stays the same. Theres a lot a lot of things that cause coated tongue but please dont drive yourself... Read more »

Coated Tongue

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Do any fellow HIV + peoples know what causes coated tongue(overgrowth of papilae)? I use a tongue cleaner and brush, but every morning it's still there. I dont suffer from dry mouth and Read more »

Worried about locale information

Posted by Cobal, 2 Replies
...told some things that shocked me and almost convinced me that I am indeed infected. My symptoms are consistant with primary hiv infection. Stomach problem, rapid loss of weight, loss of body mass, depression and coated tongue. They also told me... Read more »