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    HIV and hair loss
    An_244232 posted:
    Is there a link to hair loss and HIV? And can it be treated to stop the loss and regrow it?
    Nieciedo responded:
    HIV does not cause hair loss. HIV can make it more likely for an infected person to develop skin diseases that can affect the scalp, but that would require the weakening of the immune system to the point where the body can no longer fight off infections.

    Some HIV medications, however, CAN cause hair loss as a side effect. Are you HIV-positive? If so, what medications are you taking?

    An_244232 replied to Nieciedo's response:
    Hi Dan!

    Yes, I am poz. I noticed my hair started falling off before I started my meds. I am taking Isentress, Prezista, Intellence, Norvir and Epivir. I don't think the falling off is caused by these meds though. My VL is below 150. I am freaking out so I started doing the Rogaine treatment.
    Orangelibralady replied to An_244232's response:
    Hi An,
    I am also HIV and losing my hair. I am on Atripla, just the one med and my doc says it is not linked to my hair loss. I just had an appointment this past Wednesday and i actually took pics to show him. He ordered some thyroid tests and checked my scalp for yeast infection/ anything else that may have been on my head to account for it. Nothing.
    He suggested stress which I am under a lot of. Idk, I tend to think it is a symptom of HIV/AIDS.

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