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Majority Of Cases Of Thrush Not Related To 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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Relation thrush-cd4

You answered a question December/12 saying that having thrush does not necessarily mean you have low cd4. I have 800 (tests just a week ago) and I have slight thrush on my tongue (never happened before), does not seem to progress any further but it...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
The organism that leads to thrush is most cases is Candida albicans, which happens to be a commensal organism. In other words, the fact that your primary care provider was able to culture out "yeast" or Candida is not unusual as the... Read more »

any relation between thrush and systemic infections?

My sister was just recently admitted to the hospital again, for the second time in two weeks. She was told approximately one month ago that the infection in her mouth was thrush. She has had this infection for over two years before her doctors...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
Dear Gwen T.:I am sorry to hear about all of the health problems your sister has had to endure the past several years. Thrush (candidiasis) like all of the other oral manifestations seen in association with HIV/AIDS are *not* unique to HIV/AIDS. For... Read more »

HIV2/major or minor concern

With the relatively low incidence rate of this disease what conditions exist that should make someone feel the need for testing? I read where this disease is considered to be less virulent than HIV1. What does less virulent really mean? Thank you....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Many of the current antibody tests already test for both HIV-1 and 2. Exposure risk to West Africans might suggest further scrutiny. Less virulent means that the disease takes many years to decades to manifest itself, compared to months to a few... Read more »

Oral thrush = HIV true or false?

Dear Dr BobDoes oral thrush mean I have HIV? - sounds silly doesn't it...but I'm a healthy, fit and active 30 year old male, but after a single episode of drunken vaginal sex with a sex worker on a stag party in Spain (with a condom) I am...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Does oral thrush mean you have HIV? True or false? That's an easy one false! The vast majority of oral thrush cases have nothing to do with HIV. If your stag party seorita sex-capade was protected by a properly used latex condom that did... Read more »
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Thrush and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My girlfriend has thrush and I'm concerned if she could have HIV. We've always practiced safe sex, but I'm still concerned. She has had a cough and has been taking antibiotics. The doc said that the medicine kills a lot of bacteria in the body... Read more »