Dec 26, 2000
Is hair loss an indication or symptom of the advancement of my illness??? I recently had to move to another city some 300 miles away from where I had lived and find my self with no medical care, because they are currently not accepting any more patients with my diagnosis! any suggestions!!
Response from Dr. Young
Questions related to hair loss are difficult. As our patient population lives longer and ages, more and more men have come to me with this question. I have not heard of hair loss as a marker of HIV disease, but it has been associated as a side effect of antiretroviral therapies, particularly some protease inhibitors. What makes the answer to your question more challenging, is that hair loss is common among men in the 30-50 year age brackets too (HIV negative). Male pattern baldness is clearly the most common cause of this, though there are other medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, that can cause hair thinning. I hope that you can find adequate medical care in your city. You might try contacting your local PWA coalition. Good luck. -BY
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
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