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Sex drive
Sep 4, 2006

I have aids and my partner is negative. Lately I have had no sex drive and I dont get arroused. I am currently on Viread, Bactrim,Kaletra, Epizcom. What attirbutes to the lack of drive. In the years attending support groups I found this issue isnt uncommnon and most where on Viagra or Cialis. What are you recommondations? Thanks again for you continued help.. Peace and Love to all!

Response from Dr. Henry

It has been said that the biggest sex organ is the brain so a decreased sex drive can often have a strong psychologic component. Low testosterone levels are another common condition seen in HIV+ men and can contribute to a low sex drive. Some medications (such as some anti-depressants) can also have a decreased libido as a side effect. Diabetes, some drugs, and HIV infection itself can cause nervous system problems that can lead to impotence which can lead to performance anxiety and decreased libido. Use of Viagra like drugs can decrease performance anxiety and help with erections but may not effect sex drive for many patients. An evaluation by a sex therapist, endocrinologist, or urologist can help some patients. KH

How long are we from chronic meds?

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