May 23, 2011
MY SON WAS DX. OF HIV ALMOST 9 MONTHS. HE IS NOT ON TREATMENT BECAUSE THE TEST WERE NORMAL, AND THE DR. SAID HE DONT NEED IT. AT THIS MOMENT HE IS USING ANABOLICS AND HE IS NOT VISIT THE CLINIC, NO MEDICATION BESIDE THE ANABOLICS. IS THIS RIGHT?
Response from Dr. McGowan
Your son is not taking the best approach for his health.
Anabolic steroids should only be used to restore hormone levels to normal in people who have abnormally low levels. HIV can, in some cases, cause low hormone levels (a condition called gonadal dysfunction), but this should be determined by blood tests that show the deficiency in natural hormone levels. Replacement should be carefully monitored by a physician.
If your son is using the hormones to try to prevent HIV from causing damage to his body that is a mistake. He may be having difficulty coming to terms with having HIV and will need support and education to accept it and plan to fight back by using medication when the time is right. Try to have him visit the clinic, speka to people there about support groups and to meet othere who have gone through the same experience (peers). He should meet with the doctors and health educators there to shed light on HIV so he can realize that he has real power to fight and win against HIV.
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