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Do people with HIV/AIDS get oral hairy leukoplakia?

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Oral hairy leukoplakia may be one of the first signs of HIV/AIDS. It's an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus that appears in the mouth as white lesions on the bottom or sides of the tongue. Lesions may be flat and smooth or raised and furry (hairy), but they don't hurt.

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "HIV Doesn't Cause Cancer, but It Can Increase Your Risk."

AIDS.gov: "Opportunistic Infections and Their Relationship to HIV/AIDS."

MedlinePlus: "Kaposi's Sarcoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Kaposi Sarcoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions."

Medscape: "Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV."

 

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "HIV Doesn't Cause Cancer, but It Can Increase Your Risk."

AIDS.gov: "Opportunistic Infections and Their Relationship to HIV/AIDS."

MedlinePlus: "Kaposi's Sarcoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Kaposi Sarcoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions."

Medscape: "Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV."

 

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

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