National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day & How The Disease May Cause Dry Mouth

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day that draws attention to how the disease affects women of our society. This nationally-recognized holiday is led by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and has campaigned the theme “HIV Prevention Starts with Me” for the 2018 year.

If you do not know, HIV/AIDS has a long list of symptoms that its victims must live with. Many of these symptoms can cause dry mouth. HIV-associated salivary disease is a condition that is commonly found in children who have contracted the disease from their mother, and can show up as either swollen salivary glands or dry mouth. DDL drugs, taken to help treat HIV, as well as many anxiety and depression medications prescribed to those with HIV/AIDS, have shown to produce dry mouth symptoms as well.

Dry Mouth Relief

Mouth infections are quite common with a condition like HIV, and these infections can decrease overall production of the salivary glands. Due to the increase use of antiretroviral therapy, these mouth infections have decreased dramatically in the last decade, but there is no evidence to support that dry mouth symptoms have also decreased.

Living with a disease like HIV/AIDS takes a toll on both the mental and physical health of anyone affected. National holidays such as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Day are important to continue the conversation about how we can prevent the disease, fight alongside those who suffer from it, and what we can do to make its symptoms less significant for those who have them.