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A 30-year-old male asked:

Can stress/depression or any medication somehow delay hiv seroconversion?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Aklanswered
Infectious Disease 32 years experience
Not known: Only antiretrovirals are known to prevent HIV infection. If your question is about seroconversion per se, i.e. The development of antibodies in the presence of infection, I am not aware of anything that does that.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No studies: It's an interesting question, but i've not found any studies that try to answer it. There are some looking at depression and CD4 count -- depression correlates with reduced CD4 count, and social support with greater CD4 count. Some studies show that depression may suppress immune cell functioning -- so possibly quicker HIV seroconversion, if anything. I have no data to support that, though.
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl commented
Infectious Disease 32 years experience
Great input!
Nov 29, 2012

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