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Do people with HIV/AIDS get thrush?

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Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, a type of yeast. A common sign of thrush are "cottage cheese"-like lesions in your mouth that can be painful and may bleed slightly when you scrape them or brush your teeth.

Candida infections can spread to other parts of the body, including the esophagus, lungs, liver, and skin. This happens more often in people with cancer, HIV, or other conditions that weaken the immune system. The symptoms may be more severe and difficult to manage.

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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