Through in-vitro experiments, the researchers found that HIV quickly proliferated in two kinds of immune system-related cells after they were given culture fluid containing the gum disease-causing bacteria and butyric acid. Ochiai said, “Serious periodontal disease could lead to the development of AIDS among HIV-positive people, although the probability largely depends on individual physical strength.” He adds that there are “fears that even those who were unaware that they had contracted HIV could develop the epidemic once they have periodontal disease.” The research team intends to confirm their finding in animal tests, Ochiai said (AFP/Yahoo! News, 2/11).
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