Gum Disease Linked To AIDS?

February 13, 2009

Japan (ChattahBox) – A bacteria found in gum disease may cause HIV patients to quickly develop full blown AIDS, a new study shows.

The bacteria, which is found in periodontal disease, created a type of acid that causes the AIDS virus to proliferate more quickly, causing those with HIV to develop AIDS much more quickly, as it makes the body unable to block the damaging cells.

“They produce a large amount of butyric acid, which smells like socks you wore for a long time,” said Kuniyasu Ochiai, who headed the study.

“There are fears that even those whose were unaware that they had contracted HIV could develop the epidemic once they have periodontal disease.”

The study will be published in the next edition of the Journal of Immunology, a US-based research magazine.


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