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Mouth Diseases

STD in the mouth

11/02/2000

Question:

I have a question concerning an STD in the mouth. What kind of Sexual Transmitted Diseases can you get in the mouth? All i know is that the pallet of the mouth is pink which is caused from either smoking or a STD. Which this person does not smoke but we do know that she has had affairs on her husband. The doctors can not check him out unless they know what to look for. S o i was wondering what can you get in your mouth.

Answer:

A variety of sexually transmitted diseases can affect the mouth, including syphilis, gonorrhea, herpesvirus infection, human papillomavirus infection and HIV infection. What you are describing, however, sounds normal and would not be consistent with any of these disease presentations in the mouth. If the patient is concerned about a sexually transmitted oral disease, he or she should be evaluated by an oral pathologist.

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University