Author(s): Yengopal V, Naidoo S, Yengopal V, Naidoo S
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of oral lesions on quality of life (QOL) in HIV-positive (HIV+) individuals using the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP). STUDY DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional analytic study that compared 2 groups of HIV+ patients. Group 1 (n = 71) consisted of patients who presented with oral manifestations of HIV infection. Patients in group 2 (n = 79) were also HIV positive but had no oral lesions. The QOL measures were assessed by either simple frequency counts or the use of item weights. RESULTS: Oral candidiasis was the most common oral lesion diagnosed. Patients in group 1 reported significantly greater impacts (P < .05) for all 7 subscales in OHIP. CONCLUSIONS: Oral lesions associated with HIV infection negatively affect the oral health-related QOL in infected patients.
This article was published in Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research