HIV and hair loss
Jan 10, 2008
I am an HIV positive male. I currently have an undetectable viral load and a CD4 count of 170. Additionally, I am on the antiviral Atripla and antibiotic Bactrim. Since becoming undetectable, I have began losing my hair on various parts of my body. What could be the possible reason for the hair loss?
Response from Dr. Henry
Fluxes in the immune system and use of various drugs can impact hair growth. A small percentage of patients report increased hair loss when starting effective HIV therapy. In some cases that stabilized and reveres. Since other conditions can contribute it is worth discussing with your HIV specialist and sometimes getting a dermatology consult. I have seen a small number of patients who seem to have increased hair loss with either FTC (in Atripla) or its close relative drug 3TC.KH
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