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Hiv Tongue Disease

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

What Is AIDS, HIV and HIV Disease?

What Is HIV? What Is AIDS? What Is HIV Disease? What Is HIV? Each letter stands for the following terms: H -- Human -- because this virus can only infect human beings. I -- Immuno-deficiency -- because the effect of the virus is to create a deficiency, a failure to work properly, within the body's immune system. V -- Virus -- because this organism is a virus, which means one of its characteristics is that it is...
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Geogrpahic tongue: rates among HIV poz people

Is there a higher rate of geographic tongue among HIV positive people? I see different reports, some saying that there is a higher rate and others that there is not. Since HIV infected people have a higher incidence of skin problems, one would...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
I'm not aware of any data on the rates of geo tongue among persons with or without HIV. Either way, the "disease" is not really of any clinical significance. BY... Read more »


I know that having two raised bumps are normal.. yet i seem to have many raised bumps on the back of my tongue.. they don't hurt or anything.. i am just concerned that it could be an std infection..i know that i need to see a dentist but i am...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
There are other "bumps" in the back of the tongue, which are also a normal part of the tongue's anatomy. There seems to be a great deal of interest surrounding oral warts, therefore I feel it necessary to supply a little more... Read more »

hairy tongue or oral hairy leukoplakia

A few months ago my dentist told me I have hairy tongue probably caused by cigarette smoking? Is this the same as oral hairy leukoplakia?...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
Oral hairy leukoplakia is a condition associated with the Epstein Barr Virus that normally presents on the lateral borders of the tongue. It is actually not "hairy" in appearance, but presents as a white, corrugated, possibly striated... Read more »


Dr. BOB,You are a fantastic guy, and the help you dish out to so many worried people out there is incredible. I would truly like to take a leaf out of your book good doctor.I have written a few times before but with no response as you are a busy boy...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Down Under Oz-Guy,Thanks for your kind words. You don't mention any details about your potential HIV exposure, so it's a bit difficult for me to give you a definitive opinion. However, assuming there are no extenuating circumstances... Read more »
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Spot on tongue

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

Anyone ever heard of chancre appearing on tongue as possible site of HIV infection.

was given head from a guy and his wife and she kissed me once.

About 5 weeks later had little white chancre appear on tongue then really bad sinus infection,... Read more »

tongue problems

Posted by Anonymous
was wondering i have read about "apthous ulcers" and seen where not always but could be sign of hiv infection, would these appear just when you had eaten something or would they be visible at all times. i get these red and white spots on the very... Read more »

Burning Tongue

Posted by Susie428, 1 Reply
What is the story behind a burning tongue--is it a pretty sure sign of HIV?????? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
When the CDC posts that white patches on the tongue are a sign of HIV infection, do they mean thrush? And does anyone know whether a slightly bleeding tongue (in one spot) is a sign of anything? has anyone encountered this before? I'm worried as... Read more »