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A 27-year-old male asked:

Hiv negative combo (antibody + antigen) tests at 4,6,10,13,14 weeks and pcr rna vl undetected (14 weeks) white tongue. risk: gay deep kiss. am i hiv-?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
You are HIV-neg: I hope this is good news. "White tongue" is usually bacteria, and you may be able to scrape them off with a piece of dental floss held tight. You can trust the test if it is your only exposure. I hope you're comfortable with your sexuality and that you're pleased to have shared a kiss -- guys of all orientations may enjoy perhaps kissing a buddy, and nobody's ever gotten HIV by kissing.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
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Thanks for the follow-up. White stuff on the tongue that you can scrape off is very common and if you floss regularly, which I hope you do, finish by running it across the tongue surface as far back as you can. If there's still something clearly wrong with your tongue, and especially a white patch that looks like a stain that's not changing daily, get it seen perhaps by your dentist first.
Jul 16, 2015
Last updated Jul 16, 2015


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