Apr 16, 2004
I am 23 years old and was diagnosed just a lil over a year ago as HIV+.....I recently started new meds a lil over a month ago (norvir, combivir, lexiva)and I have noticed I am tired all the time and have much less desire for sex or even masturbation...might this be because of the meds? and if so is there something I can do?
Response from Dr. Boyle
Impotence and libido changes have been associated with HIV and the use of protease inhibitors, and you should discuss this with your doctor. Also, other things can can cause symptoms like you are describing. HIV positive men are at increased risk for depression and may have decreased testosterone levels or other endocrine/metabolic disturbances, and these should be evaluated as well. There are some treatments available, but the workup should make sure that the actual cause is being addressed, if possible
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