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Alopecia Areata + HIV
Feb 7, 2007

Approximately 6 months ago I was advised to take a PEP course after a condom broke (vaginal sex, no blood involved). Very quickly, I think even during the PEP course, I developed the first patch of AA in my beard.

I read that the PEP course medicine can cause AA, but HIV itself as well. Now I am developing another patch in my beard.

Given the likelihood of HIV transmission (very small), before I do an HIV test (and believe me, I will) I would like to check whether you think the AA is most likely caused by an HIV infection (so quickly after intercourse?) or by the zinovudine/ lamivudine in the PEP (and after 6 months still active?).

Your reply is much appreciated,

With my thanks,

Response from Dr. Henry

Brief use of zidovudine + lamivudine rarely would cause localized hair loss. KH



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