hepatitis and testosterone
Jul 22, 2002
1) How does viral hepatitis cause drops in testosterone levels? How low? 2)Are other hormones also effected in males, and if so, which? 3)Once recovered or on treatment for hep, will testosterone spontaneously return to better levels?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Any illness can lower testosterone levels. HIV more than others because of infection of the testes. If the levels are lowered in response to infection and the infecton resolves, then it should recover. That may be different in HIV+ individuals, where it may not recover. If it does not, it can be supplemented. There is also the unanswered question of the male menopause to consider. DTD
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