Researchers Look For Culprit Behind Oral Health Problems In Hiv-positive Patients

They also are looking at whether antiretroviral therapy changes the community of oral organisms, called microbiota, by taking a census both before and after therapy starts and by comparing the populations in patients who have oral complications like HPV and yeast, with those who don’t. They are assessing the general health of the teeth and gums as well. “Another big question is, why do these patients have such really bad gum disease and tooth decay ,” said Vazquez, a principal general dentistry investigator on the new study that brings $1.5 million in NIH funding to the university.
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