First, thrush is seen in many people without an HIV infection, so is not considered an infection that is a sign of an HIV infection. There is an increased risk of developing thrush in people with HIV, but since there are far more people without HIV, thrush is seen far more often in people without an HIV infection.
However, for people with an HIV infection, a small percentage can develop a thrush infection during the acute phase of the infection, but thrush becomes much more common later in the course of the illness, as the immune deficiency develops as a consequence of the HIV infection. So, it can be an early symptom, but it is more often a late symptom during an HIV infection.
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