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Mouth Cancer *
This HIV-positive patient presented with a gingival squamous cell carcinomatous lesion. Being that HIV reduces immunologic activity, the intraoral environment is a prime target for chronic secondary infections and inflammatory processes, and therefore, because these may be precursors to cancer, squamous carcinomatous lesions.
Content Providers(s): CDC/ Sol Silverman, Jr., D.D.S., University of California, San Francisco
Neoplasms, Retroviridae Infections, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
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