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Should I Take Androgel If I Have Hiv

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The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain

...and the abilityto sleep. They can also increase blood pressure and make heart diseaseworse. Testosterone Man-made testosterone has been studied as a treatment for lipodystrophy.Unfortunately, in a study of testosterone gel (AndroGel), it did not decreasevisceral fat. In fact, visceral fat increased and lipoatrophy in the arms andlegs increased as well. Anabolic Steroids Oxandrin is an anabolic steroid that is taken by mouth. In a small...
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Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...your free testosterone is low for your age and there are no contraindications for using testosterone, replacement therapy with AndroGel or other similar agents may well be beneficial. Talk to your HIV specialist regarding your options. If... Read more »

andro gel vs dep injections

Hello,I was using the andro gel everday but have switched to the depo injections 200ml every other week. the gel seemed to give me a better feeling, felt better but i cant go back to it cause it irritates my skin. I dont feel as good with the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...have a testosterone level drawn just prior to getting a shot (two weeks after your last shot).There are also alternatives to AndroGel, including other topical preparations, daily transdermal patches, and a new bioadhesive buccal testosterone... Read more »

andro gel

hey Doc...32 here...just started meds 8 weeks ago...viral has already went from 160,000 to 17,000 and tcells are at 350...question is .I have NO sex drive for months now and low energy...low energy has been around for a lot longer. I am not even...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...indeed this is the case, you definitely should consider replacement therapy. The topical testosterone gel preparations (like AndroGel) are the most convenient to use. Your supplemental "Vitamin T" will also help you regain your muscle mass. But... Read more »

Androgel Cycling

Thanks for all your help. You are the best. I have been on androgel for 18 months. Is there value to my cycling off it? It has been an incrediable help with fatigue and weight gain (and sex drive!) How best should I do that? Thanks.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Assuming you are taking AndroGel for hypogonadism (documented low testosterone), and not to be king of the muscle-stud-gym-bunnies (that's my job), then there Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

AndroGel Offers New Option for Testosterone Replacement

...The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on 2-29-2000 that AndroGel has been approved for use as a testosterone replacement therapy in men with low testosterone. AndroGel is a clear, colorless, Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Safety Concerns Prompt Label Changes and Medication Guide Requirement for Testosterone Gel Products

... The Food and Drug Administration is requiring manufacturers of two prescription topical testosterone gel products, AndroGel 1% and Testim 1%, to include a boxed warning on the products' labels after receiving reports of adverse effects in... Read more »
AIDS Treatment News

Testosterone Cream Available at CPS

...pharmaceuticals.) Topical testosterone has long been available (see Testosterone Cream and Gel Available; Prices Vary Greatly , AIDS Treatment News #307, November 20, 1998), but usually only through certain pharmacies which specialize in... Read more »
The Body

HIV News & Views, November 5, 2009

...for men who have HIV.) A new study is now recruiting men across the U.S. age 65 and older to test whether the testosterone gel AndroGel can help offset these problems. (The study is not specifically about people with HIV.) (Press release from... Read more »
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Posted by iNvisible, 2 Replies
...Does HIV and/or the medication make you feel less sexual? After my diagnoses I dnt really feel as sexy or in touch with my sexuality Read more »

Sexual problems for positive boyfriend and I

Posted by mandaree23, 1 Reply
...Truvada) or it could be a psychological thing due to his HIV status. I also noticed a lot of people talking about Viagra and Androgel. He has used Viagra since I've been with him and I've seen Androgel in his house but dont think he has used... Read more »

Androgel Questions

Posted by gray, 1 Reply
...which are good numbers apparently. The only issue is my testosterone which is off the charts low. My doctor is suggesting androgel and I am wanting to know what the potential issues might be. I've love to hear from anyone who's tried it or... Read more »


Posted by antibody, 4 Replies
...35 hiv+. current stats are tcells 750 and 11,000 copies of the virus. i've been monitored for 2 years by a hiv specialist. on androgel for testosterone replacement. no anti-virals. i am constantly fatigued and my body will hurt all over. my... Read more »