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Dr. Bob, does testing positive for HIV depend on the state of your body?

Aug 28, 2004

I am concerned about this. I once thought I was infected with HIV (2 years before I decided to get tested.) I went and got tested and it came back negative. However, I am a bodybuilder and I was on an extreme cutting cycle at the time I got tested. I was taking thyroid hormones (T3) along with a combination of other drugs to keep my muscle loss very minimal. The problem is though is that I was only consuming about 1500 calories a day for 3 months prior to testing. I fear that if I had antibodies in my blood, my body used them for fuel. After all, I did have a patch of hair fall out on the side of my head, which eventually grew back. Do you recommend I get tested again, or do the antibodies never deteriorate once they're formed? Please help!

Response from Dr. Frascino


Relax Quadzilla, your test results would not be affected by your "better living through chemistry" muscle-a-thon. No additional testing is warranted. But do be careful about using illicit drugs and prescription-strength pharmaceuticals for bodybuilding. After all, look what happened to Arnold! He thinks an aging action hero can be governor! (Thank goodness his wife Maria Shriver is writing most of the script for him.)

Stay well Big Guy. I'd ask you to spot me on the bench press, but the thought of your hair falling out all over me just as I'm pushing for that final rep is a bit worrisome.

Dr. Bob

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