|Expert advice needed
Apr 8, 2012
My testosterone is very low. Free is 9.6 and ultra sensitive is 58. The #'s were normal 5 years ago and I've been undetectable for 16 yrs. I'll be 60 next year. All other labs are normal.
Can an undetectable VL for over a decade cause this plummet?
I got my 1st shot on Wed then 200 every 2 wks.
How often should my levels be tested? I go on the gel in July due to my travel schd.
Should I ask for an estrogen blocker,such as Arimidex to prevent gynocomastia and other excess estrogen side effects?
Thank you for your time.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Low levels of testosterone are common as men age in the general population and appear even more often in HIV+ persons. Effective viral suppression has not been linked to low testosterone levels in men. Once you have achieved mid-range normal testosterone levesl on the gel then checking 1-2 X year is recommended. KH
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