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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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Does leukoplakia always means hiv?

Does leukoplakia always means hiv?

No.: Some people with leukoplakia have hiv, but many patients with leukoplakia do not have hiv. Leukoplakia is not "specific for" HIV and can be seen in other clinical settings. If you are concerned that you or someone that you know might have hiv, then please get tested for hiv. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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I have oral hair leukoplakia and fever, lymphnodes..etc but HIV PCR RNA 5,15 week; HIV ab 8,13,28,33 weeks all neg, am I HIV free?? Ebv is caus?

I have oral hair leukoplakia and fever, lymphnodes..etc but HIV PCR RNA 5,15 week; HIV ab 8,13,28,33 weeks all neg, am I HIV free?? Ebv is caus?

Could be-: If repeated HIV testing is (-), and oral hairy leukoplakia (OHL) is present, then you don't have HIV. You have another type of viral infection . EBV is certainly a leading diagnosis- there are specific blood tests that can determine if you have an active or past infection. If the OHL is a soft diagnosis, consider other viruses such as Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Human Herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6). ...Read more

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Is leukoplakia curable?

Is leukoplakia curable?

No : Leukoplakia is not a disease but a description of an affected area in your mouth. ...Read more

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What causes hairy leukoplakia?

Epstein-Barr virus: Hairy leukoplakia results from infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. ...Read more

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Does leukoplakia turn cancerous?

Does leukoplakia turn cancerous?

It might. : Leukoplakia is usually non-cancerous, but studies show that 5-25% of the time leukoplakias are premalignant. Meaning if not treated they could turn cancerous. Therefore a biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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What are leukoplakia and erythroplakia?

What are leukoplakia and erythroplakia?

Clinical terms: They are not a true diagnosis. They are clinical terms that mean a red (erythro) or white (leuko) patch. ...Read more

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Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

Can be: Leukoplakia may be a precursor to cancer and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist is required. ...Read more

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What is cervical leukoplakia?

What is cervical leukoplakia?

Cervical leukoplakia: is a condition in which thick, white patches form on the cervix. It should be always biopsied to rule out high-grade CIN or malignancy. ...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