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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have recently developed what appears to be oral thrush however i started to notice this when i stared taking the strips of suboxone that you hold under your tongue until they dissolve. i started this medication because i was an iv drug user for a year though i never shared syringes but at one one point in time they could of been mixed up or used without me knowing ( i really hope not)! when i researched my symptoms i couldn't help but notice the overwhelming fact that oral thrush is a symptom of hiv/aids. Sadly though i am also a alcoholic and heavy chain smoker. i'm hoping that one of my bad habits including my medication is the cause that appears to be thrush and not hiv/aids. please let me know if you have any information on this please. Oh and on little more in depth to my symptoms of mouth thrush are: the white is under my tongue. the stretch of thin skin that connects the tongue to the lower part of my mouth is swollen it almost feels like there has been a small tear in the middle and it has swollen and when i lift my tongue up it feels like im interrupting the healing process and ripping it back open again. also when i put the suboxone strips under my tongue it feels like i put a tiny 3d box with razor blades on all sides under my tongue. suboxone also makes your mouth feel numb (everyone) but that feeling never goes away for me especially the tip of my tongue. the palate does look pale but is not on the sides of my cheeks or my inner lips. please help me im terrified ps i get tested for hiv on friday thank u so much -lotsofstupidmistakes
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hi thank you so much
User :   im terrifed
Doctor :   Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here
Doctor :   When did you quit the IV drugs ?
User :   if i do have hiv because im showin sings of mouth thrush does that mean i could be in effect of full blown aids? i really hope not and my exposure to contracting the disease would only be last june to this june (under a year)
User :   about a month ago
Doctor :   ok, and since when were you into it ?
User :   Into the drugs?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   about a month ago but i never knowingly shared a neddle
Doctor :   ok, fine , i would not consider it to be HIV infection , as it would not evolve into such a stage that you get thrush in such a short time
User :   as soon as i started taking the suboxone is when it started my teeth are also senitive
Doctor :   yes, i could consider as that being the trigger here
User :   are you pretty sure i know nothing is 100% but would this be a pretty out of the norm case for hiv? does this sound like mouth thrush or something else or could it be from smoking or drinking
Doctor :   the symptoms and the description make me to fix to thrush
User :   how long does hiv take to usually turn into aids without being treated
Doctor :   Years
Doctor :   around 3 to 8 years
User :   im 26 yrs old with no known other symptoms
Doctor :   in a previously healthy individual
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