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Poor Memory and Low sex drive
Feb 27, 2004

My lover was diagnosed with HIV in Sept of last year. Since he's been on Sustiva and Combivir his viral load is undetectable and CD 4 WNL.

Question: His sex drive is basically non existent, more so than it had been and his short and long term memory has become really poor. Could this at all be related to the meds he is taking? We've ruled out testosterone and Wellbutrin and Celexa which he's been taking for a few years now. Anything else we should be ruling out? Thank you very much.

Response from Dr. Henry

Celexa is well known to decrease libido. Some patients have ongoing Sustiva CNS related problems. It might be worth considering a 3-6 month switch to a PI to see what happens to his memory. A good neuropsychiatric and full neurologic examination might shed some light on the matter. I assume he doens't have syphilis or any nutrional disorders (vitamen deficiencies)? KH

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