Oral lesions can help detect HIV AIDS

Oral lesions can help detect HIV AIDS
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Scientists at the 7th World workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS (WWOHDA) held in Hyderabad have revealed that a certain type of specific oral lesions can be used to detect AIDS in a patient.

The finding was revealed by scientists at the 7th WWOHDA in the city

Scientists at the 7th World workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS (WWOHDA) held in Hyderabad have revealed that a certain type of specific oral lesions can be used to detect AIDS in a patient.

“A specific type of lesions like hairy leukoplakia and a form of candidiasis are some of the signs of weak immune system in a person. These lesions can often be the presenting sign of otherwise unknown HIV disease. In fact, researchers have even concluded that these can be used as markers of HIV infection,” said USA Prof. John Greenspan.

Professor John Greenspan, a lead researcher and pioneer of the world workshop on oral health and disease in AISA at San Diego had presented many research papers on oral manifestation of HIV AIDS. The workshop organised in collaboration with SIBAR institute of dental sciences from Andhra Pradesh mainly focused on strategic goals of international oral AIDS collaborations. It was mainly aimed at sharing worldwide perspectives, knowledge and understanding of oral health and disease in HIV infections.

The concluding session of the workshop had also come out with a Hyderabad declaration where in it stressed on agreed definitions and classifications of oral disease and need for more research to bring out better treatment procedures and development of a vaccine to have a permanently solution for the deadly disease.

According Professor Venkat Ramana Reddy, chairman of SIBAR Institute of Dental Health and organising secretary for 7th WWOHDA, India, said, “We are facing a lot of challenges while tackling HIV AIDS. A major problem is not having a proper data base of the patients infected with it. With this workshop, lead researchers, doctors and clinicians will share their knowledge, experiences and perspective about the disease and come out with a set of guidelines that would be adopted globally.”

The workshop mainly examined the global inequalities in disease and access to care worldwide besides spreading light on ethics in applied research in low income countries.

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