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Subclinical hypothyroidism & HIV

Oct 6, 2010

Hi....I'm a 53 year old HIV positive woman diagnosed in 2000....started taking medications 4 years ago, and am undetectable with a CD4 count of 580 on drug regiment of Combivir, Norvir and Presista. I've just been diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism, and would like to know if there is anything to be concerned about with its treatment and my HIV status. Any information you can supply will be much appreciated! Many thanks!

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Hypothyroidism is a not uncommon illness in the general population, particularly among (pardon me) middle aged women. Furthermore, some epidemiologic studies have suggested that thyroid disease is more common among HIV+ individuals than among HIV-'s. As such this finding isn't all that surprising in your case.

Medications used to treat hypothyroidism (like levothyroxine) are generally very well tolerated don't have any significant drug-drug interactions with HIV medications. Treatment of hypothyroidism can be expected to improve one's energy level (among other symptoms).

I hope this helps. BY

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