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Persistent night sweats

Jan 22, 2006

My partner has been HIV positive for 13 years. His viral load is undetectable and his Tcell count is between 200 and 350. However, he has persistent night sweats every night. He has struggled with and beaten oral cancer in the last 18 months. A PET scan showed he is currently cancer free following several surgeries and radiation treatment. Should these night sweats worry us in any way? He is otherwise well. Laurie

Response from Dr. Young

Laurie- Thanks for your post- persistent night sweats are always a concern to me. Of most concern is the possibility of cancer and to this point, a normal PET scan is very reassuring. Other chronic infections, like TB, or perhaps hormonal issues (adrenal insufficiency or thyroid) can also cause inappropriate sweating.

I'd be sure to have him have appropriate medical evaluations for this symptom. Good luck, BY

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