Oral Manifestations of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in High Risk Groups
OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate the development of oral manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus infection in relationship to the onset of immunologic alterations and systemic symptoms in different risk groups: gay/bisexual men, male intravenous drug users, and female intravenous drug users.
II. Evaluate the immune and inflammatory response to periodontal and other microbial pathogens.
III. Evaluate the bacterial species infecting the oral cavity in patients in these risk groups.
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Screening|
|Study Start Date:||September 1989|
Patients undergo a periodontal assessment every 6 months until medically unable to continue. The oral/dental exam includes saliva and gingival crevicular fluid analysis and, as indicated, oral photographs.
|Study Chair:||Ira B. Lamster||Columbia University|