Sep 28, 2010
Today at MedHelp, we had a user go on quite a rampage with dozens of posts concerning his/her tongue, and how they thought it might have been caused from having ARS (Acute Retroviral Syndrome, AKA Acute/Primary HIV Infection). They described that it was geographic tongue.
Since that post is now deleted from the user excessively abusing the forum, all follow ups were removed as well, so I am going to post my follow up on my journal page, so people can refer to it as needed. It has been modified quite a bit, but only with more information.
I'm a sufferer from persistent and constant geographic tongue, and I have had it going on for more than 2 years (at the time of writing, September 2010). My HIV test in August 2010 was negative. I have had several other tests before that. I'm not HIV positive. Geographic tongue is usually called "Benign Migratory Glossitis". According to Google Health, Benign Migratory Glossitis is a harmless condition, but it can be persistent and uncomfortable.
You may come across internet saying that HIV is linked to geographic tongue. THIS IS NOT TRUE. I have, however, come across sites that have said that there is a link between HIV and geographic tongue, but found such information to be debunked by both another medical professional on that website a few months following the original post, and several doctors I have personally spoke with have told me there is no link between HIV and Geographic tongue, and geographic tongue is not a sign of HIV infection. The HIV tests that I have had done in the past 2 years always return a negative result that confirm that statemtn.
The actual cause of geographic tongue is unknown. It's just one of those weird things you can get that may have no explanation at all. But I can definitely assure you that it is not ARS, HIV, or AIDS. It's possible that a vitamin B deficiency may be involved, or the food you are eating is too hot, spicy, and it can also be caused by alcohol consumption. Geographic tongue is occasionally hereditary as well, so it can be a passed trait from your family.
I have also read that geographic tongue is not caused by an infection (and if your geographic tongue is being caused by an infection, you probably have won the powerball lottery as well). Like I said, it's just a weird thing that happens that we have no control over. Welcome to the human condition.