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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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have what appears to be hairy leukoplakia, but tested negative for hiv. What are other possibilities?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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