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HIV+/HBV Chronic can I take steroids
Mar 7, 2008

hi Barbara, I have been hiv+ and HBV Chronic for 8 years and started Truvada and Kaletra last year in June. MY viral loads are undetectable, my liver functions back to normal and my T-cells are at 700. My Cholesterol is going up though and we're keeping en eye on it. (I understand one of my meds is creating the cholesterol surge_ I have a very healthy diet supervised by a nutritionist) I'd like to get on Steroids to help me gain a bit of muscle weight and keep my muscle mass. (I am 47) is it safe? and what should I take?

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would definitely advise you NOT to take steroids!!!

Steroids can cause reactivation of HBV infection and do harm to your liver. HBV "flares" are caused by a resurgence of virus in the blood and can be serious.

Right now, it sounds like you are doing just great with Truvada suppressing your HBV (two drugs in Truvada both have HIV and HBV activity). By all means, I would work out in the gym, but I would NOT use steroids.

Hope this is helpful.

Why won't he begin treatment?

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