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Anabolics and HIV

Sep 1, 2013

Hi there! I am hiv-positive and not on a therapy. My CD4 is 500 (25%). I consider taking Testosterone Propionate 100 mg EOD and Oxandrolone 60 mg ED. Will this combination influence my immune system and cause CD4 reduction and VL increase? Is it relatively safe to take this combination with regard to being hiv-positive and not on a therapy?

Response from Mr. Vergel

First of all, why would you take anabolics and not treat your HIV? Treating HIV should be a priority for anyone not wanting to lose lean body mass with unintentional weight loss.

Anabolic steroids like oxandrolone, testosterone and nandrolone have been studied in HIV. No immune system changes or viral load increases were seen. However, shutdown of your hormone axis, increased blood thickness (with potential cardiovascular risks), increased breast tissue, acne, and increased blood pressure may be side effects. After you stop them, testosterone deficiency will occur for weeks or months. Low testosterone can impair your quality of life and health.

You may want to read this article for harm reduction if you still decide to use them despite these warnings: Anabolic Steroids: A Practical Guide

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