Author(s): Tirwomwe JF, Rwenyonyi CM, Muwazi LM, Besigye B, Mboli F, Tirwomwe JF, Rwenyonyi CM, Muwazi LM, Besigye B, Mboli F
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Abstract The objective of the study is to establish the prevalence of oral manifestations and their influence on oral functions. A total of 514 subjects aged 18 to 58 years (mean 42 years) were randomly recruited from five The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) clinics in Uganda. They were clinically examined for oral lesions under field conditions by four trained dentists based on World Health Organization criteria. Women constituted 74.5\% of the study population. Oral manifestations were recorded in 72\% of the subjects, out of which 70\% had candidiasis of pseudomembranous, erythematous, and angular cheilitis variants. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, atypical ulcers, necrotizing periodontitis, and hairy leucoplakia were least frequently observed in the subjects. Of those who had oral lesions (n = 370), 68.4\% had some form of discomfort in the mouth. Tooth brushing, chewing, and swallowing were frequently associated with discomfort. Reported forms of discomfort were dry mouth, increased salivation, and burning sensation especially on taking salty and spicy foods or acidic drinks. Only 8.5\% (n = 44) of the subjects were taking medications specifically for oral lesions, which included antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial agents. None of the subjects were on antiretroviral therapy. Oral lesions associated with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in TASO clients is a major public health problem requiring education in recognition and appropriate management.
This article was published in Clin Oral Investig
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research