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How can you tell the difference between oral thrush and hiv

A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Very different (but look very similar). Oral leukoplakia is a pre-malignant process on the tongue that is easy to confuse with oral thrush. Oral HAIR... Read More
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 47 years experience
Oral thrush is a yeast infection which can present as a white patch. A leukoplakic or white lesion has many forms in color, shape, or texture. Hairy... Read More

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
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
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
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
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
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 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elise Sadoun
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: Antibiotics, steroids, and some asthma inhalers can cause oral thrush.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
Yeast Infection: Since you are a female, this may be caused by a yeast infection. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the same fungus that causes oral thrush. Also ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Thrush: Steroid inhaler may affect the trachea but doesnt get to the lungs. Rinsing iut the mouth with luke warm water can prevent oral thrush.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blank
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
No: Without knowing your risk factors difficult to say but differential such as HIV do need to be considered
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Unlikely: You do need to see your physician to clarify your concerns. You need an evaluation to answer the question of why you have thrush. While you may get ... Read More