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Can Early Signs Of Seroconversion Cause a Metallic Taste in The Mouth?

06/05/2005

Question:

I'll try to ask this again more specifically. If I say contracted HIV in February of this year, will the early stages of the so called seroconversion period cause me to have a funny taste in my mouth that won't go away? It's really annoying and is like altered taste buds, sort of a metallic taste and other than that I feel fine.

Answer:

In acute seroconversion patients have symptoms of fever, rash, elevated liver functions, arthralgias and myalgias. Metallic taste in the mouth may be due to thrush which can occasionally occur in patients with seroconversion. The best way to know is to to do an HIV antibody test. 

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Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati