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Who Is At Risk For Leukoplakia

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AIDS InfoNet

Smoking and HIV

...weakens the immune system. It can make it harder to fight off HIV-related infections. This is especially true for infections related to the lungs. This is a risk for smoking marijuana as well as tobacco. Having HIV increases the risk of chronic lung disease. Smoking can interfere with processing of medications by the liver. It can also worsen liver problems like hepatitis. Smoking and Side Effects People with HIV who smoke are more likely...
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Shape of Hairy Leukoplakia

Hello, Dr. Reznik,I have a question regarding the *shape* of HIV-associated hairy leukoplakia lesions. If one has long, thin, white streaks bilaterally on the side of the tongue is this due to trauma (i.e. tongue chewer) or could it also be due to...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
...rather as white, corrugated (rough) areas that can appear anywhere on the lateral border of the tongue.If you believe to be at risk for HIV infection, please take an HIV diagnostic test. Hope this helps!DR Read more »


I have a white film running along the side of my tongue, thick in the back on one side, I believe it's Hairy Leukoplakia. It is probably a result of smokeless tobacco and cigar use during my early to mid twenty's, I am 29 now. I have not...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
...You should visit an oral pathologist or an oral surgeon for a thorough exam of the area in question since you are at higher risk for oral cancer due to your previous use of smokeless tobacco. Step 2 would be my advice if you are HIV negative.Take... Read more »

oral hairy leukoplakia or oral ulcer??

Hi doctor...I have been fairly worried after a lowish risk encounter.About the month after the encounter I got what felt like a tiny absolutely painless pimple on the inside of my cheek. It was gone within a day. About 3 days later I got the exact...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
...What you have described does not sound with like Oral Hairy Leukoplakia (OHL) or an oral ulcer. OHL presents as a white, corrugated lesion on the lateral border of the tongue which will not wipe away. Read more »

need help

Dr. Conway, after a high risk contact and unprotected vaginal intercourse I developed severe acute symptoms exactly 6 weeks later and this included an upper body rash, high fever and swollen lymph nodes as well as night sweats. I then within a...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
If you are truly negative for HIV antibodies, I would probably go ahead and get a plasma viral load test done by PCR and by another technique, such as bDNA, the latter to rule out the rare cases of a false negative PCR test. If all of these are... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Sanguinaria

...effective and safe for combatting gingivitis, although some observers are still concerned that long-term use may increase the risk of oral leukoplakia (precancerous growths in the mouth that may result from constant irritation). Sanguinaria is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV and the Mouth

...regularly. Recently, gum disease has been linked to higher levels of inflammation, even outside the mouth. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hairy Leukoplakia This is an irritation that usually shows up as painless, fuzzy... Read more »
The Well Project

Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?

...activity, people have reportedlybecome infected with HIV in this way. A number of studies have tried todetermine the exact level of risk of oral sex, but it can be difficult to getaccurate information from study participants. Since oral sex is... Read more »
The Well Project

Older Women: At Risk for HIV Infection

...don't have sex, many senior women aresexually active and some are injection-drug users. Older women can actually beat greater risk for HIV infection then younger women with the same behaviorsbecause they have thinner vaginal walls and other... Read more »
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Hairy Leukoplakia

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone know when hairy leukoplakia appears if someone gets infected ? - The back of my tongue is white and,after having seen a doctor, he told me that it was not Read more »

need more answers...please!

Posted by midman13, 1 Reply
...noticeable unless i stretch my tongue out and they are the same color as my tongue. Is it possible this could be oral hairy leukoplakia? Read more »

Infecting others

Posted by Anonymous
...carton of milk and put it back into the refrigerator. I am afraid that I have infected my father and sister. I have not had any risk factors in four years and have tested negative, but my cd4 count is 400 and I have oral hairy leukoplakia. I... Read more »

Question for Dr Ryan: Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hello Dr Ryan, Thanks for taking some time to help us out in this forum. I sincerely appreciate it. After a high risk activity 2 years ago, followed by a very sick period with symptoms simliar to flu/mono 3-4 weeks later, I was convinced I had Read more »