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Does having hairy leukoplakia means you have hiv?

Does having hairy leukoplakia means you have hiv?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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If I have hairy leukoplakia does that mean I have hiv?

If I have hairy leukoplakia does that mean I have hiv?

No: No, but if you truly have oral hairy leukoplakia (and not just a white coated tongue), then you should be tested for hiv. Then again, everyone should be tested for hiv. ...Read more

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What to do if I have what appears to be hairy leukoplakia, but tested negative for hiv?

What to do if I have what appears to be hairy leukoplakia, but tested negative for hiv?

White patch: Leukoplakia is a condition seen in the oral cavity where white patches form on the oral mucosa and the hairy form most often on the tongue. Most often associated with EBV virus and not the HPV causing squamous Ca. In the oral cavity it is most often benign but still should be checked periodically ...Read more

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Can I have oral hairy leukoplakia without hiv?

Can I have oral hairy leukoplakia without hiv?

Yes: Hairy leukoplakia is often seen in association with HIV infection but it is not specific vfor HIV. Get checked for both. ...Read more

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Is oral hairy leukoplakia death sign of hiv? I'm scared and want to know if there is any possibility to have OHL without hiv

Is oral hairy leukoplakia death sign of hiv? I'm scared and want to know if there is any possibility to have OHL without hiv

Probably not OHL: I think you've been reading too much information on the internet, without real understanding. Several things that can cause various marks on the tongue in addition to hairy leukoplakia. Without HIV, OHL is a minor condition. Even with HIV, it's definitely not a "death sign". HIV is rare in 19 year olds in the US. even w/ at "hi risk. See doctor or dentist, and expect a reassuring response. ...Read more

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Would smooth oral hairy leukoplakia (unconfirmed) appear 4 months after possible HIV exposure? Perio said looked like regular leukoplakia . Scared.

Would smooth oral  hairy leukoplakia (unconfirmed) appear 4 months after possible HIV exposure?  Perio said looked like regular leukoplakia . Scared.

Biopsy it.: Any lesion is best diagnosed with an actual biopsy and not a visual guess. Then you know exactly what you have and what precautions or treatment is indicated. Don't be scared, just have it biopsied. Personally, i think it's better to know than to worry about possibilities. If your periodontist doesn't want to have it biopsied, ask why and consider seeing an oral surgeon for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Does symptoms of hairy leukoplakia show up in just about 4 days of being infected with hiv?

Probably not: Hairy leukoplakia is more consistently related to, or caused by, the use of an oral antibiotic. It can be treated by the use of topical application of 35% hydrogen peroxide or podophyllin. See a dentist or other professional who is familiar with this problem. ...Read more

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Someone with ms, can the symptom of HIV infection show up the next day of being infected and oral hairy leukoplakia 4 days later?

Someone with ms, can the symptom of HIV infection show up the next day of being infected and oral hairy leukoplakia 4 days later?

Not really: You do not give information regarding the status of your ms, and no specific ms medication is noted. Therefore, i doubt you were immune-suppressed. Hiv infections develop over a period of weeks, even months, and, results of an infection would certainly not be apparent 4 days later. If you leukoplakia was related, means infection was already present. See infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Does hairy leukoplakia occur in the first year of hiv? Was tested and it was negative, but still worried. Dentist says gums look fine where pale.

Does hairy leukoplakia occur in the first year of hiv? Was tested and it was negative, but still worried. Dentist says gums look fine where pale.

Hairy Leukoplakia: The hairy leukoplakia occurs most often in people whose immune systems are suppressed, not necessary HIV/AIDS. If concerned, see your PCP for ELISA test. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a hairy leukoplakia?

Oral Medicine Dentis: Hairy leukoplakia is associated with advanced hiv, but is rarely seen now when patients are treated with anti-retroviral therapy. Oral candida, with white patches on the tongue and oral mucosa, as a similar appearance, but can be scraped off. Dry mouth can lead to white hairy tongue. A number of other lesions have white appearances and should be evaluated by a qualified dentist. ...Read more

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Help! what can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Help! what can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Hairy Leukoplakia: Primary cause may be epstein-barr virus (ebv), although excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing tobacco, chronic irritation, combination of these factors may play a role. I hope you are seeing an oral surgeon for evaluation, monitoring and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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How are leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia different?

How are leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia different?

Different: Hlp is a variant of leukoplakia and is seen in HIV positive people. Leukoplakia is caused by the epstein barr virus. ...Read more

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What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

Tongue lesions: Hairy leukoplakia is "hairy" in nature, caused by virus and has an underlying disease like hiv. It can not be rubbed off. Leukoplakia is a white lesion that can be many different things. The lesion should be biopsied. ...Read more

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What is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

What is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

White area & tongue: Leukoplakia means white plaque or patch. It can occur any where in the mouth. Hairy leukoplakia is specific to the fuzzy areas on the tongue and can be due to many things. ...Read more

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What could the cause of my oral hairy leukoplakia?

What could the cause of my oral hairy leukoplakia?

Concerns: Oral hairy leukoplakia can be associated with the epstein-barr virus, and is a common finding in patients with hiv. The lateral border of the tongue affected most commonly. Have an HIV test. There are other "hairy tongue" diseases, so rule out oral cancer, yeast infection as well. ...Read more

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What are the early stages of oral hairy leukoplakia?

What are the early stages of oral hairy leukoplakia?

Hairy leukoplakia: Hairy leukoplakia is a white patch that develops on the tongue or inside of the mouth that cannot be wiped away. It is called "hairy" because it is fuzzy looking, having folds or ridges. It is often mistaken for oral thrush hairy leukoplakia is usually seen in people with depressed immune systems such as hiv/aids. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Leukoplakia (Definition)

White, thick patches on the oral mucosa due to hyperkeratosis of the epithelium, producing favorable conditions for development of epidermoid carcinoma; often occurring on the cheeks (l. Bucca┬┤lis), ...Read more