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Dhea And Hiv

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What Is DHEA? Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in men and women. A hormone is a chemical produced in one part of the body that is carried to another part of the body where it has a specific effect. The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys. DHEA is the most common steroid in humans. It can be transformed in the body into testosterone (the primary male sex hormone), estrogen (an...
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HIV Treatments and DHEA

I'm taking Crixivan, Epivir and AZT and want to start taking DHEA. Is there a problem with taking DHEA with these HIV meds? Thanks for your website!...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
DHEA has not been well studied for much of anything, and there certainly have been no drug interaction studies done at this point. However, I know of no reason why there would be a specific problem with interactions between DHEA and the drugs you... Read more »


Can you tell me if DHEA has a positive effect towards HIV treatment? I take 100 mg. per day of DHEA as well as Combivir (150mg) twice a day and Sustiva (600mg) at night, my T-cells have gone from the low 20's to just over 500 in 26 months and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is very little good published data so I would concur with your doc. A good discussion about DHEA is found in Jon Kaiser's book HIV Immunity. A good website for alternative therapies is www.daair.orgKH... Read more »


HelloCould you provide a status with the ability of dhea to bo a good complement to haart in maintaining a long a healthy life with hiv?...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
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Is it safe to take over-the-counter DHEA with HAART? I am using D4T, 3TC, SAQ and RIT, bid. I take currently 25mg DHEA every morning and after 4 days of using it I get pain in my muscles. Can that be from the DHEA?Thx,Frank from Amsterdam...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
DHEA is an interesting but unproven agent in HIV disease. In animals, DHEA actually causes weight loss, not gain. But its actual effects in people are still unknown.Most people do not experience toxicities, however. Muscle pain can be due to a... Read more »
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DHEA anybody

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Am reading Dr Jon Kaiser's book at the moment 'Healing HIV' and he speaks at length about DHEA. Am now fascinated as this is something I have never heard of, and yet he sounds like he swears by it. I am in Australia and am not sure it is even... Read more »

dhea>aids + lipo.

Posted by Anonymous
the need for dhea in the production of DNA. click onto this site- "then click" dhea and aids (in the search box). lots to read about this and why low dhea can cause fat redisposition.

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adrenal problems

Posted by Anonymous
I have an adrenal deficiency in the DHEA hormone and am having trouble finding a doctor who is knowledgeable. I do not have HIV but I thought that the same kind of problem might exist in HIV. My immune system is overactive instead of underactive. ... Read more »

Possible Hiv infected but no antibodies produced?

Posted by chris8178, 2 Replies
Could you tell me is it possilble to have hiv with out having antibodies produced post 6 months?

I had unprotected anal sex about 7 months ago and been having some major health (oral) issues.

I have seen a lot of doctors; 3 ents; 2 general docs; 1... Read more »