HIV/AIDS Glossary

Oral Hairy Leukoplakia (OHL)

A disease of the mucous membranes that occurs mostly in people with HIV. Oral hairy leukoplakia (OHL) is characterized by white or gray lesions that usually develop on the tongue or the inside of the cheek. The lesions have a ribbed, fuzzy appearance. OHL is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a type of herpesvirus.

Related Term(s): Epstein-Barr Virus

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