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Getting Thrush When You Have Hiv

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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Thrush and HIV-negative

regards. In April of this year I had a case of thrush. At that time, I was not taking any medication of any kind. Within 2 weeks of medication I was cleared. Being in a high risk group I suspected that I might have HIV. However, In July of the...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
Thrush or candidiasis, which is frequently seen in association with HIV/AIDS, is not diagnostic of HIV infection. IN other words, there are other conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes which would make a person more susceptible to candidal... Read more »

Thrush, an HIV/AIDS side effect

My son has AIDS, he gets thrush among many other things, but this is really a bad side effect. What can we do?Thank you so much for your help. God Bless you for being there to answer questions.megan...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
Dear Megan:Thrush or oropharyngeal candidiasis is a common oral manifestation of HIV infection and for the most part can easily be managed by topical therapy for mild to moderate infections with agents such as Mycelex troches (clotrimazole) and... Read more »

Thrush and inhalers

About 2 years ago I had casual sex and the condom broke. I became obsessed with possible HIV infection. I tested negative at 4 and 6 months after (ELISA only). Still being obsessed almost a year after the incident, I asked the person I was with to...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
The use of steroid inhalers for the management of asthma can very well lead to an occurrence of thrush or candidiasis. This condition may not go away until you are prescribed an effective topical antifungal such as Mycelex troches, or a systemic... Read more »

What to Eat w/Thrush?

I have a HIV + friend who has thrush and I want to know what to tell him to buy at the store to eat. What is good to combat getting thrush? ...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The thrush needs to be treated with an antifungal drug, whether it's a topical one, like a swish & swallow or a special lozenge that dissolves in the mouth, or a pill form. Even after succesful therapy, the thrush can recur if your immune... Read more »
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Oral thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone here know the incubation period for oral thrush between a possible HIV exposure and the first signs of a problem(white spots)? Is it a few days, a few weeks, a few months? I got tested 6 weeks after a possible HIV exposure and it was neg... Read more »

Recurring Vaginal Thrush

Posted by Roper2008, 2 Replies
Hello Everyone, I know I have had a negative test so I should be happy. But my Girlfriends recurring vaginal Thrush over the last 9 months has me in a state of panic. Add to that bouts of Diarrhoea, her Tongue looking the same as mine; White and... Read more »

oral thrush+

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I am terrified my tongue has a white coating going towards the back of my throat and on the sides. I am convinced it's thrush, my ears was pierced 2 months ago won't heal,lost 6 pounds,got bad sinusitis, uncontrolable diaharrea, dry flaky skin. I... Read more »

Thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Has anyone here had this? I have a white area on the back of my tounge. It looks fluffy like and feels sort of rough. I have not tested yet, but I may have been exposed to HIV 5 years ago. I really don't have any symptoms. I'm not really ever sick... Read more »