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HIV and muscle building

Feb 19, 2014

Hi doctor ive been hiv+ since march 2011 and my cd4 count was just above 200 last tests (june 2013) showd that i have undetectable virul load and cd4 count of about 800 now feb. 2014 i want to start gym and build muscle is it safe. cos i read some were that using tribuss(atripla) can cause acid build up in the muscles. I tolarate the medication very well without side effects but when I started I used to feel like I smoked weed 2hours after taking pills but i dont feel like that anymore. so can i start building muscles cos i only weigh 60 and im 27 and about 1,7m tall ? i see most guys my height are bigger so i want to build. also i never had any serious illness ever since i started treatment except flu a while back lasted only a week cos i eat lots oranges.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

There's no particular reason why you can't exercise while taking Atripla (Tribuss). Lactic acidosis is an extremely rare side effect- one mostly seen in the early days of treatment, with medications other than the ones fond in Atripla.

Glad you're over the flu. I don't think it's because of the oranges though.


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