I can understand your concern. I have a few question for you that can help you in deciding if the lesion can be cancerous or not. Firstly, can you scrape the white lesion off the tongue leaving red areas beneath? If you can scrape it, then it is either tongue coating due to plaque or fungal infection
. If you are not able to scrape off the white part of the lesion, then it can be pre-cancerous condition called Leukoplakia
. The test to confirm if you have oral cancer
of the white lesion of the tongue. It can be done by an oral surgeon.
To answer your other question, the blood test
that identifies HIV antibodies
is the best test to confirm presence of HIV infection in your body. It is more sensitive and reliable than saliva or other tests. The test can be done in a week after suspected infection of the virus. If it comes out negative, then it has to repeated after 3 months as HIV antibodies can reach detectable level in blood as late as 86 days after infection. If that test comes negative, then there are 97% chances that you are not having HIV infection.
In case of negative tests for oral cancer and HIV infection, you should contact a physician for investigations regarding general physical health of you. I am afraid we cannot provide you with any reference of a doctor in your area. You can ask your family physician to refer you to one.
I hope this information helps you. Thank you for choosing HCM. Let me know if you have folow up questions.
Dr. Viraj Shah