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Oct 20, 2000

I have been hiv + for 10 years or so,and I have a bad side effect from the medicine I am on(combivir) -- i get fatigue all the time. my hiv dr. started me on testosterone shots to help me with fatigue. I have a few questions.. 1. how long will it take for the testosterone to stop my fatigue? 2. do I have to do weights too or will the testosterone stop my fatigue with or without weights? johnny

Response from Dr. Young

If low testosterone is the cause of your fatigue, most people feel better in 1-3 weeks, sometimes quite quickly. Lifting weights shouldn't affect the ability of testosterone replacement to fix symptoms.

If you have been on an AZT-containing regimen, it would be important to know that you do not have one of AZT's more common side effect, namely anemia or low red blood cell counts. If you have this the treatment would be very different. -BY

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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