A comparison of chronic periodontitis
Between HIV-seropositive subjects and the general population of the Ga-Rankuwa area, South Africa
The aim of this study is to compare the degree of severity of chronic periodontitis in HIV-seropositive subjects with chronic periodontitis to control subjects with chronic periodontitis, in the Ga-Rankuwa area in South Africa.
Two cohorts of subjects with chronic periodontitis were recruited for this study over a period of time: thirty HIV-seropositive subjects; and 30 control subjects presumed to be HIV -seronegative and apparently in good health.
HIV-seropositive subjects with chronic periodontitis show clinical manifestations of similar degree of their periodontal disease to those of healthy control subjects with chronic periodontitis, with no differences in the mean probing depth, gingival recession, plaque index and bleeding index.
Razia Khammissa (Specialist), Johan Lemmer (Professor Emeritus) and Liviu Feller (Chief specialist) and Head of the Department of Periodontology and Oral Medicine, University of Limpopo, South Africa.
Mario Altini: Chief specialist and Head of the Oral Pathology Department and Paul Fatti: Professor Emeritus: Statistics, University of Witwatersrand.