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does having hairy leukoplakia means you have hiv?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Not always: Most cases of hairy leukoplakia are reported in HIV patients and is related to ebv infection. However, it has also been reported in patients without hiv. Patients with immune compromise (post-transplant) or autoimmune problems may develop hairy leukoplakia.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 46 years experience
H. Leukoplakia: Hairy leukoplakia associated with HIV is normally a white plaque or build-up on the sides of the tongue. If you are associated a risk catagory( gay, sexual promiscuity, medically compromised, partner history, etc.) and this condition, you may want to be tested for hiv.

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Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
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Yes, several ways: The most common way to get HIV is thru unprotected sexual intercourse. However, other ways include sharing hiv-infected needles (often associated with using illegal injection drugs, rarely with tattooing but possible), receiving infected blood transfusions or blood products (though the blood supply is screened thoroughly these days), and passing HIV from mother to child thru breastfeeding.
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Oral sex in which ejaculate from the penis is deposited on structures behind the oral cavity. The tonsils, lymph nodes in the throat, and other such areas upon which HIV may be deposited has been shown to be a source of disease.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can HIV increase my chances of cancer?

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Potentially: Poorly controlled HIV results in a condition where your own immune system is not capable of fighting off even common viruses and bacteria. Part of the normal function of the immune system is to kill cancerous cells in the body. So yes, HIV can increase your change of cancer in the long-term.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the different appearances of oral candidiasis and leukoplakia?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Great difference: Oral candidiasis does produce clinging white plaque in the oropharyngeal cavity, but the white areas of leukoplakia are premalignant or malignant and involve the epithelium (skin of the mouth) itself
A 30-year-old member asked:

How does pml affect people with hiv?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Poor prognosis: Pml is an infection of the brain by the jc virus, that usually only occurs if the immune system is very compromised (full blown aids, on transplant meds or some other meds). It causes brain damage and is usually fatal within a year when it does occur in aids.
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Is it safe to live with an HIV positive family member?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: You don't get HIV from living with someone with hiv, only from sex. Close contact is not a risk.

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