|no sexual desire
Mar 27, 2010
hi there i have started treatment about 1.6 years im on darunavir(prestiza) boosted by rytonavir once a day my cd4 are 388 and vl undetectable i started with cd4 170 and vl 40.000 .before starting treatment i was very sexualy active ,now i have no desire of sex i feel allways tired and low mood.could it be the treatment that make me like this or something else? im thinking to stop treatment as i coped well withouth it for about 10 years but unsure what to do..many thanks paul uk...
Response from Dr. Frascino
I doubt your decreased libido is directly related to your antiretroviral therapy. There are many reasons why your Mr. Happy may not be quite so happy these days. Topping the list of potential causes would be:
1. Hypogonadism. Low testosterone levels are common in HIVers and frequently linked with lack of sex drive and frequency of woodies. Your doctor should check your "free" testosterone level. If low for age-related controls, testosterone replacement therapy would be warranted.
2. Psychological problem. Depression is frequently associated with "low mood," decreased libido and a variety of other problems. Ask your doctor for a referral for an evaluation. Treatment could perk up more than your mood.
There are a number of other conditions that could be culprits, but I'd suggest you check these two out first and talk to your HIV specialist physician about further evaluation if needed, OK?
I'd strongly advise against stopping your treatment!
Good luck Paul. I'm quite confident you and your Mr. Happy can be returned to their former glory with the appropriate workup and treatment.
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