Feb 13, 2007
Has there been a study on linking viral load and CD4 and ED ?
Response from Dr. Henry
Patients with advanced HIV disease (lower CD4 count) have a higher rate of neurologic problems as well as co-morbid conditions that can contribute to or cause erectile dysfunction. One recent study found a rate of 18% in erectile dysfunciton with higher rates linked to aging, hypertension, and diabetes. There are a number of non-HIV drugs that can aggravate erectile dysfunction (such as many anti-depressants). Advanced HIV disease is associated higher rates of anxiety/depression which can cause/aggravate erectile dysfunction as well. KH
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