Coinfections Associated with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: Workshop 1A
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The importance of opportunistic pathogens in HIV disease has been demonstrated from the onset of the epidemic. This workshop aimed to review the evidence for the role of oral microorganisms in HIV-related periodontal disease and HIV transmission and the effect of HIV therapy on periodontal disease. Despite being a common copathogen, tuberculosis seems to have limited oral presentation. The oral manifestations seem to have little impact on the individual and, once diagnosed, are responsive to chemotherapy. The participants debated the available evidence on the role of microorganisms and whether further research was warranted and justified. Although the effects of lipodystrophy on facial aesthetics may be profound and may markedly affect quality of life, there is no evidence to suggest a direct effect on the oral cavity. Though of interest to oral health care workers, lipodystrophy and associated metabolic syndromes were thought to be further investigated by other, more appropriate groups.
Advances in Dental Research
Oral Medicine and Pathology