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Case 2: Oral Hairy Leukoplakia

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B It is caused by infection with human herpes virus type 8 (HHV-8).

This answer is incorrect. Although human herpes virus type-8 virus can be found in the oral mucosa of persons infected with HIV, there is no evidence that it plays a role in causing oral hairy leukoplakia. This virus, however, is the causative agent of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

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A It occurs in approximately 5% of persons infected with hepatitis C virus (who are not co-infected with HIV).
C It is caused by infection with Epstein-Barr virus.
D Approximately 15% of lesions develop into premalignant lesions that require surgical removal.

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