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How long after contacting HIV would you notice oral thrush?

How long after contacting HIV would you notice oral thrush?

Years: Before the era of effective medications, it would take several years before the immuodeficiency became severe enough to make thrush appear. It might appear briefly during the acute infection. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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 someone caught HIV how long until it can cause oral thrush?

If someone caught HIV how long until it can cause oral thrush?

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. infections that occur when one's immune system is not functioning normally). These variable factors will contribute to the time it takes to develop thrush. ...Read more

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Is oral thrush in hiv an early symptom stage or later symptom stage?

Is oral thrush in hiv an early symptom stage or later symptom stage?

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 either recent or longstanding HPV, thrush is never the only symptom. Also, most coated tongue and other white patches in the mouth are not thrush. See a doctor if you have symptoms you are concerned about. ...Read more

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What immune disorder other than HIV can cause oral thrush?

What immune disorder other than HIV can cause oral thrush?

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 problem such as a birth defect or hiv, or diabetes (the candida organisms flourish with high sugar). ...Read more

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Is a negative HIV test 3.5-4 months after possible exposure accurate? During the 3 months time I also had oral thrush, wasn't sure if it was unrelated

What test?: A negative result on an HIV nucleic acid test, 4 months after exposure would essentially rule out HIV infection. A negative antibody test is not nearly as definitive and should be repeated at 6 months and one year. ...Read more

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If you have hiv/aids. How often do you get oral thrush?

If you have hiv/aids. How often do you get oral thrush?

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 an infection of the mouth caused by the candida albicans fungus. This happens more often in people with cancer, HIV or other conditions that weaken the immune system. The weaker the immunity, the more severe the infection. ...Read more

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If HIV caused someones oral thrush, how soon of an infection of HIV would cause it? 1 year? 2 year?

HIV Infection: Thrush in an HIV infected human would represent immune function damage. Nowadays in our modern world, thirty years into the HIV epidemic all people with HIV in the world are encouraged to be on treatment to suppress the viral infection and to prevent immune function damage. Thus, there is not an automatic transition to getting thrush anymore.
If one has thrush this does not mean they are HIV +. ...Read more

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Oral thrush w/ no hiv/aids, no medications, no diabetes, nothing unusual. I am worried b/c everything I read says that highly unusual for adult thrush?

Oral thrush w/ no hiv/aids, no medications, no diabetes, nothing unusual. I am worried b/c everything I read says that highly unusual for adult thrush?

Unlikely diagnosis: In virtually all the cases I've seen like this, the worried patients don't have thrush at all, just a white coating on the tongue, which they spend way too much time looking at in the mirror. It doesn't help that some doctors make the same mistake. ...Read more

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Got oral thrush from steroid inhalers. Will it go into my lungs? I don't have HIV or immuneo viruses etc.

No: It won't go into your lungs. Rinsing your mouth out after using the inhalers can help prevent thrush. ...Read more

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Are oral thrush, dry mouth and vaginal thrush common ARS symptoms for HIV? & what are the chances that I contracted HIV from RECEIVING cunnilingus?

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 an HIV test, there are other things that need clarification. This may not be a major problem but it is best to check it out ...Read more

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Negative test 4 HIV 6 months ago. With same partner a using condoms. Recently have oral thrush. Hiv symptom or from proair and recent start of advair?

Negative test 4 HIV 6 months ago. With same partner a using condoms. Recently have oral thrush. Hiv symptom or from proair and recent start of advair?

Thrush: Not HIV: Thrush can happen in a variety of settings. If you are not HIV positive then I think you may be on the right track. Remember thrush is also a late stage HIV symptom... Not a newly infected with HIV symptom. ...Read more

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Protected sex with csw legal brothel, oral thrush after two weeks got tested for all stds hiv at 3 week and again 4 week all negative, causes? Stress

Protected sex with csw legal brothel, oral thrush after two weeks got tested for all stds hiv at 3 week and again 4 week all negative, causes? Stress

Probably no worries: First, confirm the diagnosis. Most oral white spots or coated tongue are not yeast infection (thrush). Even if that's what you have, most cases are in entirely healthy people without HIV or other health problems. Discuss with your doctor. HIV test is conclusive at 4 weeks if it's a 4th generation (antigen-antibody) test. Gon/chlamydia conclusive after 3-4 days. 6 weeks for syphilis test ...Read more

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Protected sex with csw, gp says oral thrush on tongue, gave losenges, got tested for all stds hiv at 3 week and again 4 week all negative, causes?

Protected sex with csw, gp says oral thrush on tongue, gave losenges, got tested for all stds hiv at 3 week and again 4 week all negative, causes?

Just thrush?: It sounds like your gp did the right thing by testing for STDs. Other possible causes include lowered immune status(e.g. diabetes, leukemia, or certain medications and may sometimes just occur because of recent antibiotic use. ...Read more

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Hey! I've been experiencing white tongue not oral thrush, blackish gum & dry mouth ... do you think it's hiv?

Hey! I've been experiencing white tongue not oral thrush, blackish gum & dry mouth ... do you think it's hiv?

Need more info: These symptoms are associated with many things. You need more labs. If concerned with hiv you can go get tested to rule out ...Read more

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I have dark spots on my arms, my thighs and my legs. I also had a bout of oral thrush but it has clear now after using daktarin oral. I am hiv +?

I have dark spots on my arms, my thighs and my legs. I also had a bout of oral thrush but it has clear now after using daktarin oral. I am hiv +?

See your doctor.: Although they may turn out to be completely inconsequential, new changes in the skin should be checked out in anyone who is HIV-positive. It is always possible to have something like Kaposi's sarcoma or other illnesses that can be seen on the skin, so it is wise to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have dark spots on my arms, thighs and legs. also, had oral thrush but it cleares after using daktarin oral gel. I am a smoker. Do i have hiv?

I have dark spots on my arms, thighs and legs. also, had oral thrush but it cleares after using daktarin oral gel. I am a smoker. Do i have hiv?

Depends...: The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. Does your life style promote the risk of HIV? Do you have unprotected sex with multiple partners? Etc. That being said, Your skin symptoms are not specific for HIV. Have your brown spots looked at by a dermatologist and at the same time ask him/her to test you for HIV ...Read more

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I have dark spots on my arms, thighs and legs, could this be hiv? I also just had a bout of oral thrush which I treated with daktarin oral gel and it.

I have dark spots on my arms, thighs and legs, could this be hiv? I also just had a bout of oral thrush which I treated with daktarin oral gel and it.

Possible?: These are possible findings in HIV and thus you need to get tested if you have known risk factors. However, there may be other explanations should your HIV test turn out to be negative. ...Read more

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After taking Nystatin my oral thrush just gotb worse, and now my tongue is sore and bleeds a little. I am hiv and diabetic negative?

After taking Nystatin my oral thrush just gotb worse, and now my tongue is sore and bleeds a little.  I am hiv and diabetic negative?

Confirm diagnosis: Contact your doctor's office and ask whether the diagnosis might be wrong or needs to be confirmed. Second, if oral candiaasis (yeast, thrush) is confirmed, ask about alternative treatment, e.g. with oral fluconazole (Diflucan®). Some Candida strains are resistant to nystatin. ...Read more

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Ebv, cmv IgG positive; HIV negative, continious fever general swollen lymphnodes, oral thrush, rash; frm 6 mon, symptom strted after sex w girl, hep?

Ebv, cmv IgG positive; HIV negative, continious fever general swollen lymphnodes, oral thrush, rash; frm 6 mon, symptom strted after sex w girl, hep?

Get a New Doctor: You are not providing any evidence that you have had any correct testing or evaluation of your problem. Your problem will NEVER be solved on the internet. You need a thorough blood testing and examination. And you have been repeatedly advised that this has to be done with an Infectious Disease Expert. Not sure why you brought us the same retread question as before. ...Read more

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Exposure Africa.2 yrs ago. Hiv 1&2 Duo x11. Been donating blood 3 times. All Neg. Continued oral thrush/throat sym, neuropathy legs. Rare strain? Help.

Exposure Africa.2 yrs ago. Hiv 1&2 Duo x11. Been donating blood 3 times. All Neg. Continued oral thrush/throat sym, neuropathy legs. Rare strain? Help.

Urban myth: There are no "rare strains" of HIV not diagnosed by the duo test. And oral thrush plus neuropathy-like symptoms would never be the only manifestations of an HIV infection. Infected people typically have either no symptoms or lots of them, not just one or two that show up on lists of HIV/AIDS symptoms. Stop obsesssing on HIV and work with your doctor about other explanations. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between oral thrush and geographic tongue? Can both be caused by yeast infection?

How can you tell the difference between oral thrush and geographic tongue? Can both be caused by yeast infection?

Thrush vs Geographic: Thrush-creamy white coating; fungal (candidia a.) due to imbalance of organisms\immune system issues; can be brushed off to some extent; worsens with time; requires treatment!

Geographic tongue- random and varied bald spots, changes over time in size and location; unknown etiology; benign and does not require treatment.

See your dentist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between oral thrush and a canker sore? Recently got tongue pierced, now have ulcerous sore on soft palate. Unsure what it is.

What is the difference between oral thrush and a canker sore? Recently got tongue pierced, now have ulcerous sore on soft palate. Unsure what it is.

Difference is ...: Canker sores are small shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable. The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown. Stress or tissue injury is thought to be the cause of simple canker sores. Oral thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth and looks whitish. See a doctor if your concerned about the sore in your mouth. ...Read more

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Oral Thrush (Definition)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral ...Read more


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