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Elevated liver enzymes

Hello,

Just wondering if people with early HIV infection (ie: 5 weeks) have elevated liver enzymes?

I have searched the net and there is nothing, no information on it at all. Just relates to HIV/Hep C co infection as Hep C is known to cause elevated liver enzymes. The rest is just how anti-HIV drugs cause liver enzymes to increase.

I am guess my slightly elevated liver enzymes have nothing to do with HIV infection given my low risk exposure, undetectable PCR at 10 days and negative antibody at 6.5 weeks.  

Thanks.
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No, your liver enzymes would not be elevated in early HIV infection. Any Hepatitis infection can causes the liver enzymes to be elevated. Medications can cause an elevation in the liver enzymes.
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Okay thanks Teak, that is a big relief. In short, I had a basically no risk exposure (protected oral!) but all these things are happening to my body.

Much appreciated
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The GP looked at my numbers, said it was only a very slight elevation (by 2) and I know numbers can reach the hundreds. She just suggested a hep test, which was negative.

Anyway, in my anxious state, I went to the infectious diseases unit of a major hospital and the doc there also had me take a LFT etc, he said my numbers were "perfect"... he also said stress, lifestyle etc can elevate LFT's.

Again, Teak, if HIV does not cause this, then I will not worry any longer. Thanks!
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HIV does not cause liver enzymes to elevate
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just to elaborate, a virus, your eating habits, stress etc. can elevate enzymes easily. If you drink the night before you have a liver function test your enzymes will be significantly high.
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With HIV, it's the medication that elevates you liver enzymes.
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Thanks Teak.
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Thank you also Rae1.

Well, I do not drink but if stress can cause LFT's to go up, then, that is certainly the culprit. I have been stressed, chain smoking, binging on McDonalds and KFC (have not touched this stuff for 4 years!), drinking way too much coffee and ceased my usual 6 days per work bodybuilding training - now, I think this is the reason. Thanks a heap for your clarification.

Cheers
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