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is hair loss a symptom of hiv?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Hair Loss : Hair loss is a genetic condition, sometimes worsened by conditions such as fungal infections, low thyroid and during cancer chemotherapy. It in no way is a symptom of having an HIV infection.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Sometimes: Uneven hair loss (not the kind that hairy-chested men get as they age) can mean hiv, hypothyroidism, telogen effluvium, thallium poisoning or any of dozens of other illnesses.
Answered on Feb 18, 2014
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