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Does Coloring Hair Affect Hiv Testing

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hair color and HIV antibody test result.

Dear Dr. Conway, I have a very itchy scalp, for which I use OLUX foam. Some times because of the scratching, my scalp breaks and some times even bleeds on my pillow. It is very uncomfortable. On top of it I used the hair color because i have white...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
For the HIV antibody test to be falsely negative, you would need to be taking a potent, systemic immunosuppressant for a good length of time. What you are doing would not affect the test result and you can rely on it to be valid. If the test is... Read more »

dry skin & hair color change

Hello - I've been HIV+ for eleven months, on HAART for nine months. CD4 is around 500, viral... Read more »

Is hair coloring detrimental?

Good Morning Doctors: I recently had my hair dyed by a professional for the first time in my life.... Read more »
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HIV Prevention, Young Gay Men of Color and the Fourth Wave of HIV Activism

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Men of Color and HIV/AIDS

Posted by Anonymous
I am a graduate student looking to hear more about the experiences of Men of Color and HIV/AIDS. I am wondering if you notice more of a stigma because of race, differences in availability to treatments, communty/family acceptance...really anything... Read more »

People of Color and HIV/AIDS

Posted by Jgrimes
I am a graduate student looking to hear more about the experiences of People of Color and HIV/AIDS. I am wondering if you notice more of a stigma because of race, differences in availability to treatments, communty/family acceptance...really... Read more »

Women of Color & HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am a graduate student looking to hear more about the experiences of Women of Color and HIV/AIDS. I am wondering if you notice more of a stigma because of race, differences in availability to treatments, communty/family acceptance...really... Read more »

Do any drugs affect HIV test results?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I am taking valium for anxiety and recently had a negative HIV test. Could taking valium have compromised the HIV test results? Read more »