Antiretroviral Therapy in India and Oral Health Indicators

Antiretroviral Therapy in India and Oral Health Indicators

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
TARGET Center

A recent study on HIV patients in India found fewer occurrences of oral candidiasis and leukaplaskia among patients on antiretroviral therapy and a decrease in the number of opportunistic infections. The study, Comparison of oral lesions in HIV patients with and without highly active antiretroviral therapy visiting government hospitals in Bengaluru city, is summarized in the AETC’s Short Bites by the Southeast AETC. The implications of the findings, the importance of oral health in monitoring the success of HIV care, are well-established but merit broader application in various international settings. The study recommends relevant training for health care workers covering such topics as oral health surrogate markers for HIV infection.