Ulcers and sores from the human immunodeficiency virus don’t just occur inside the mouth; they can also affect the genitals. Genital herpes is a symptom of both early and late-stage HIV.
Genital herpes is common in women with the HIV, particularly those who have a low CD4 blood cell count. It can cause painful blisters or open sores on or around the vagina and rectum.
Individuals with HIV can and commonly do develop oral thrush, a yeast infection that forms on the inside of the mouth or on the tongue. And just like mouth ulcers and sores, it can be painful.
The main symptom of oral thrush is creamy white bumps on the inner cheeks, gums, and tongue, which are known to bleed when scraped. The infection can leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth.