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your ideas on testosterone level and HIV viral load
Aug 6, 2003

Dr. Bob,

We know that HIV virus in males often causes reduction in testosterone levels. As the HIV viral load is lowered by meds, can testosterone be expected to rise again? Does the patch cause testicular atrophy which might be avoided if an undetectable viral load may lead to return to vigorous testosterone levels? thanks for your ideas on this...

Response from Dr. Frascino


No, HIV levels in the blood are not directly correlated with testosterone levels. Hypogonadism in the setting of HIV disease can be caused by many factors, including damaged testicles (usually from HIV-related infection, not a swift kick), drug side effects (megace, ketoconazole, ganciclovir, etc.), or an elevation in the adrenal hormone cortisol (it spike to fight chronic infections like HIV).

Certainly, it's an excellent idea to try to get your HIV viral load down to an undetectable level to prevent immune damage. However, this in and of itself often will not have a direct effect on testosterone levels.

Hope that helps clarify.

Dr. Bob

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