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Reversing Hypogonadism With Zinc Orotate

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These drugs have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use against HIV. Integrase Inhibitors After HIV's genetic code is changed from a single strand to a double strand by the reverse transcriptase enzyme, it gets inserted (integrated) into the genetic code of the infected cell. Then the HIV genetic code gets "read," producing new viruses. Scientists hope that integration will be another point in the HIV life...
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iatrogenic hypogonadism from anabolic steriods

Could you comment on iatrogenic hypogonadism that follows with the use of anabolic steriods. Are there long term effects and would you be reluctant to prescribe anabolic steriods for mild weight loss if someone is eugonadal (assume the person eats...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Yes, I would be reluctant to prescribe steroids for mild weight loss in HIV because, in my experience, the gonads do not return. In HIV negative weight lifters who abuse anabolics, it often takes 6 months for normal testicular function to return.... Read more »

Can Iron & Zinc supplementation increased Viral Loads?

I understand that in South Africa the Dept of Health advises against Iron & Zinc supplementation due to the concern that it causes increased Viral Loads? Are you familiar with this theory? Is there any science confirming this? I would have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Nutrition can be a confusing topic, particularly when broken down to the level of vitamin, mineral and micronutrient components. As it turns out, not having enough (a deficiency) can lead to problems. However, over-supplementing can lead to... Read more »

androgel side effects

does androgel cause testicle shrinkage, if so is it safe to stop and is this side effect reversable if I stop using it, how about cycling will that redude side effects?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Can AndroGel (or any testosterone supplementation for that matter) cause diminished testicular volume? Yes, it can.The real question here is are you using testosterone supplementation for an appropriate medical indication? In other words, do you... Read more »

Please help I need to know or understand HIV testostrone

Hello Mr. Nelson V I just like to know, How long after HIV infection does man get low testostrone? If you have HIV for one year, can it make low T? I had HIV exposure july of 2011 and next year 2012 I have Very low T. 196 ng/ml I am worried it is...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Some studies show that HIV+ men may have a higher incidence of testosterone deficiency (hypogonadism) than HIV negative men controlled for age. Particularly, free testosterone levels in HIV+ men may be low even in the presence of normal total... Read more »