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25 Feb 2003

Does a white tongue indicate HIV infection
Is a white-coated tongue an indicator of HIV infection? Recently I underwent a pre-employment medical and could not get the job and thought it was the white tongue. I am due to go for another one and dread the moment they will say 'open your mouth' Are there any medications that can wipe out the white coating? I started noticing the white when I began brushing the top of my tongue with toothpaste and assumed it was the fluoride. Which is which?
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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

WT, it might be that you have oral thrush. People with HIV may get oral thrush, but oral thrush is not a sign of HIV. Why don’t you stop brushing your tongue? It really isn’t necessary and it sounds like it’s just causing problems. Good luck.
PS I wrote something a while ago on tongue changes and if you’re interested in a copy, you can mail me at CyberDoc@mweb.co.za.
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