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how can you tell the difference between oral thrush and hiv

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Years: Before the era of effective medications, it would take several years before the immuodeficiency became severe enough to make thrush appear. It might a ... Read More

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
41 years experience Pediatrics
No specific time: There are varying degrees of immune dysfunction with HIV and there are varying levels of exposure to agents that cause opportunistic infections (i.e. ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Late, usually: Usually a sign of late infection, i.e. overt AIDS, usually several years after catching HIV. It can occur in early HIV, but usually does not. In eithe ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Too early: Even if you contracted HIV , you do not become ill this early. Have you been on an antibiotic recently? Inhaled steroid and diabetes are also associ ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not due to thrush: It is too soon to have developed thrush from HIV,
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
What test?: A negative result on a HIV nucleic acid test, 4 months after exposure would essentially rule out HIV infection. A negative antibody test is not nearly ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yvette Westford
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: People with HIV/AIDS have a higher risk of developing skin conditions because the virus affects the body's ability to fight off infections. Thrush is ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Anyone can get it: Oral thrush, particular in a young person, does not necessarily indicate any immune problem. Bad oral thrush may be a reason to check for a t-cell pro ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elise Sadoun
14 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Antibiotics, steroids, and some asthma inhalers can cause oral thrush.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: This suggests major immune dysfunction. It could occur conceivably with acute HIV syndrome, but generally if this were due to HIV disease it would ha ... Read More

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