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Hair loss
Jan 7, 2009

I am a healthy 35 year old female and never had a problem with Hiv; until now. I am currently taking Norvir, Isentress, dapsone, Prezista and Intelence. I have hair loss really bad. I am undetectable with a CD4 of 179. I have had it for 14 years and my CD4 have been in the range of 109 - 234. Help, a woman hair is her glory.

Response from Dr. Henry

I haven't seen much either in our clinic or in the literature about hair loss related to some of the newer HIV meds you are taking (darunavir, etravirine, and raltegravir). I also haven't seen much hair loss from dapsone (hopefully that drug can be stopped if CD4 count recovers further). Hair loss can be a complicated matter-often a genetic component. Evaluation by a dermatologist can sometimes identify contributing conditions and some treatment options. If any reader has experience or knowledge about hair loss with these drugs please post. KH

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