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Feb 13, 2002

Can taking steroids decrease/increase viral loads and CD4 counts?

My brother is taking steroids (120 mg) a day for Vasculitis. Does this drug work against the HIV/AIDS or does it help?

Response from Dr. Pavia

There are different types of steroids. I assume your brother is taking a corticosteroid like prednisone for his vasculitis. These are compounds that reduce inflammation. Many people hear "steroid" and think of anabolic steroids, used to build muscle tissue. These include drugs like nandrolone. Sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone are also a type of steroid.

Prednisone has been studied to see if the immune suppressive effects hurt people with HIV or help by decreasing T cell activation and reducing viral load. One small study suggested that predinisone might reduce viral load, but this has not been confirmed. Generally, though, most evidence suggests that moderate doses of prednisone do not worsen HIV disease, and can be used when they are needed.

That is not to say that there are not side effects of high dose prednisone (120 mg per day is a fairly high dose). Weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and mood change are some of the most common side effects. On the other hand, the disease it is treating is generally far worse.

Hope this helps

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