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Hair Loss And Hiv In African Women

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The Feminization of an Epidemic

Women and HIV in the United States Women represent the fastest growing demographic of HIV infections worldwide. In order to work on reversing this trend, we must have a thorough understanding of the unique issues that affect women living with HIV infection. To date, the medical community has focused a large amount of its research efforts on HIV/AIDS in men. 1 ,2 However, both clinical experience and the observational data that we do have...
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hair loss

dear doctor:i am a woman of 38 hiv for the last 20 years on haart for the last 5 years when i was diagnose with mai nowdays on ziagen,viracept and epivir my cd4 11 and cv 49 copies i also have hep c but low liver enzimes, my hair has always been...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV infection can cause changes in hair texture in some patients as well as hair loss. Some of the HIV medications can also impact hair. 3TC is a drug which is often well tolerated and an important part of many regimens. I have had a number of... Read more »

hair loss

Hello I am a 62 year old white woman and have been taking Truvada, Darunavir and ritonovir for almost a year. My cd4 is 1085 my cd4% 24.7 (I was a case whereby prior to treatment my cd4% was dropping to below 14% but my cd4 was between 500 to 550...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi Ruth and thanks for posting.Seems like you're generally doing very well on your HIV treatment.While there are many potential causes of hair loss, it seems that you and your care provider have attempted to address this.It's possible that... Read more »

hair loss

Hi,I am a woman. Have been on triple therapy for over 6 years and it's working well. I take Crixivan/Norvir, epivir and Videx. I am losing hair on the top of my head and my eyebrows. I want to know if I can use Rogaine for the head hair loss....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Rogaine may be helpful and topically is fairly safe. Your indinavir and/or 3TC may be contributing to the hair changes so you might discuss with your HIV specialist the possibility of changing your meds around versus adding yet another medication.... Read more »

testosterone levels and hair loss?

Hello Doctors,Not sure who to post this question to so here goes:HIV pos for 14 yrs.VL undect. CD4 500-600.On zerit,epivir and viramune from 1998 to 2003, then swithed to ziagen,epivir and viramune in late 2003 due to lipoatrophy.2 pregancies in the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good questions which is tough to answer. Epivir can result in hair loss is small % of patients. Effectiveness and safety of testeosterone use in women with hair loss is unclear. Some women loss hair (sometimes genetic) independent of HIV status or... Read more »
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hair loss

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
can anyone tell me of any experience they have had with hair loss?

i am a 50 year old woman, recently diagnosed with hiv, probably had 5 years. always had thin hair but this is ridiculous! mother died 3 months ago and during that really stressful... Read more »

hair loss

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Are any women out there suffering from hair loss that could be med related? If so, what did you determine the problem drug to be and were you able to do anything about it?If you fouund it to be med related and you changed/stopped did you get any... Read more »

Chronic Telogen effluvium (hair loss) - Help

Posted by smilek, 1 Reply
I've been diagnosed with HIV since 1992. I've been on numerous treatments although I'm currently on Norvir, Truvada and Prezista. For the past 5-6 years I have been going through a chronic hair loss, Telogen effluvium (thinning of the scalp). It... Read more »

hair loss

Posted by mistake1, 1 Reply
does anyone know if hair loss is an hiv symptom and itchy skin also?
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