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dry eyes/dry mouth - please comment!
Sep 10, 2001

Dr. Feinberg,

I have been having problems with dry eyes and dry mouth over the past 6 months. Can I be confident it is not HIV related? It seems like dry eyes and dry mouth are commonly associated with HIV infection.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

You have Sjogren's syndrome (decreased tear and saliva production). The exact cause isn't known, but it is often associated with autoimmune diseases. Dry eyes and mouth are not commonly associated with HIV, and a negative HIV test after the window period is sufficient information.

If your family doctor isn't familiar with Sjogren's, then ask for a referral to an immunologist or a rheumatologist who will know what other tests should be performed in order to figure out what's going on.

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