Task Order # 7: Supplement to SSS A5254
Location(s): United States
A5254 is titled: Assessment of HIV-1-Related Oral Mucosal Disease and Use of Saliva in Measuring HIV-1 Viral Load
The mouth may play an important part in monitoring HIV progression. Mucosal lesions of the mouth are often the first sign of infection and their development in already diagnosed individuals indicates disease progression. In addition, saliva may provide a non-invasive way to track viral load. The purpose of this study is to establish standardized practices for examining the mouth and identifying oral mucosal lesions as well as to establish a correlation of viral load with HIV particles found in saliva.