|Testosterone levels and HIV antibody test.
Jun 2, 2002
Hello! It is now being reported (via HIV/AIDS literature) that close to 50 of HIV+ patients have low testosterone levels.
In a 19 page article that I recently came across (Patients Guide to Low Testosterone) it stated, "chemotherapy and radiation also may damage testosterone producing cells." Could some of the HIV medication HIV+ patients are taking (medication that is chemotherapy related) be the cause of their low testosterone?
If a patient is already suffering from low testosterone levels prior to taking an HIV antibody test, could that patients HIV + result be the result of his low testosterone level - thus creating or resulting in a "false positive" test result?
Should HIV+ patients be examined to see if they may have a medical condition that could cause either low testosterone levels - or medical conditions that may cause "false positive" test results?
If these questions cannot be answered via this forum - can you please direct me to where I can have these (and other questions I have) answered.
Response from Dr. Henry
The rate of low testosterone levels in the setting of HIV infection may run as high as 50% in a few studies but more often is in the range of 20-30%. There has been no clear linkage to any category of HIV drug and can be low even in the absence of any treatment. Like many issues in the HIV field, the explanation is unclear and may be complicated and multifactorial. Low testosterone levels do not result in a false positive HIV antibody test. KH
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