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It is important that physiciams and dentists alike recognise that
Oral Hairy Leukoplakia (note spelling!) is not an AIDS defining lesion as
stated in this article. Though the diagnosis can only truly be made by
biopsy and demonstrtaion of EBV this is seldom necessary when faced with a
known HIV patient with the clinical signs of the condition. An AIDS
diagnosis is shattering to HIV patients and all healthcare workers
involved with this patient group should be fully conversant with what does
and does not constitute AIDS.