Oral problems are very common among people with HIV. Most of the problems are the result of a weakened immune system and some, to a much lesser degree, are due to antiretroviral therapy. The good news is that most of the oral problems associated with HIV can be treated by your doctor or dentist.
What are the most common problems?
Ulcers (Canker Sores)
Herpes Lesions (Fever Blisters)
Yes – and more than just cosmetic. Soreness and tooth loss can affect the way you eat, what you eat and how much you eat. Proper nutrition to keep up your strength is very important if you’re living with HIV.
How can I get help?
If you don’t already have a doctor and dentist who are HIV specialists, contact your local ASO to point you in the right direction. Also, let them know if you can’t afford proper and regular dental care. The Dental Reimbursement Program and the Community-Based Dental Partnership Program under the Ryan White CARE Act through the Department of Health and Human Services might be available to you in your situation and near where you live.
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