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Testosterone pellets, exercise and HIV at 65

Apr 30, 2013

I was just recently diagnosed with HIV at age 65 will meet with the doctor to discuss my blood work but I am sure he will want to start me on meds. I had been taking Testosterone pellets `12 implants to aid my low T level 280- Last blood work it was 1200. I was supposed to get more pellets about a month ago but that week I discovered my HIV status, so I cancelled. Now, I am wondering if taking those pellets would interfere with the HIV meds. I was a bit freaked out by the new HIV status and thought maybe it would not be good to start meds with this going on. I also suffer from anxiety issues and take Celexa, so that also added to the fear of me starting up again with the pellets which I think have helped me- probably caused my libido to go so high that I had unsafe sex got careless and now have HIV...

Response from Mr. Vergel

You should not fear testosterone replacement while taking HIV medications. Testosterone replacement using pellets, gels and injections has been used for 20 years in HIV with no effect on liver function, medication blood levels, HIV viral load, and lipids. In fact, testosterone replacement for patients with low T may improve their disease symptoms.


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