1Ex-Professor and Head Pediatric Dentistry and Dean, Nair Hospital Dental College Mumbai, and Former Vice-Chancellor M M University Mullana Ambala, Haryana, India
2Founder Lavanika Dental Academy, Melbourne, Australia
Several studies have reported that up to 90% of HIV-infected patients exhibit one or more oral lesions at some time during their disease. Oral lesions are widespread in patients suffering from HIV infection. Oral health care workers caring for HIV-afflicted people/children ought to be aware of the various oral manifestations of HIV and detailed knowledge about staging and managing the same.
Children with HIV/AIDS are usually infected due to vertical transmission from mother to child or due to being victims of sexual exploitation. Owing to their innocent age and lack of awareness, they may not even understand the gravity of their health condition and suffer during the advanced stages of immunosuppression.
Increasing the intensity of immunological suppression leads to pronounced and characteristic oral changes. Early detection is the key to diagnosis and management, and it helps to reduce morbidity and improve the quality of life in these unfortunate children.
Keywords: HIV; AIDS; Children; Candidiasis; Infection
Satyawan Damle and Dhanashree Sakhare. "Association of CD4 Count and Clinical Manifestations of Oral Lesions in HIV+ Children". EC Dental Science 22.7 (2023): 131-141.
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