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Testim Versus Androgel

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Testim1% 5gms or AndroGel 1% 5gms

which works better I am 62 years old and started with Testim 1% 5 gm but my insurance sill only pay for AndroGel 1 % 5 gm. The Testim seemed to be working well but now I have to use the AndroGel. I don't seem to feel the results as well when...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Testosterone transdermal products (Testim, Androgel, Fortesta,Axiron)do not really work unless you make sure your total testosterone blood levels are over 500 ng/dl on treatment. The key to successful dosing is adjusting it based on week 8... Read more »

Testim vs. Androgel

I am not getting good results from Testim using 1 tube per day. I had it increased 90 days ago and... Read more »

HCG or Androgel???

Nelson, Thanks for all of your answers. I could not tell from your recent postings whether you... Read more »
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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, topical gel that is applied to the shoulders,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Number of Named Partners and Number of Partners Newly Diagnosed With HIV Infection Identified by Persons With Acute Versus Established HIV Infection

Acute HIV infections are linked to a disproportionate share of forward transmission in certain populations, note the current study's authors. They hypothesized that patients acutely infected might be able to identify more named partners than those... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Barriers Associated With Intentional Versus Unintentional ARV Non-Adherence Behavior Among HIV-Positive Patients in Clinical Care

Thanks to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, "HIV has become better characterized as a chronic disease rather than a terminal illness, depending in part on one's ability to maintain relatively high levels of adherence," the authors wrote. Research has... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Male Sexual Partners of Adult Versus Teen Women With Sexually Transmitted Infections

The authors compared the male sexual partners of teen and adult women with STDs to determine the STD risks associated with the women's partners. The women were enrolled in Project Sexual Awareness for Everyone, a randomized controlled behavioral... Read more »
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Androgel Questions

Posted by gray, 1 Reply
Howdy -

Please forgive me if there's a different section of the board where I should be posting this question. I'm new.

I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. Probably exposed to HIV 15 months ago. My bloodwork came back CD4 608 and VL 13,000 which are good... Read more »

absolute numbers versus %'s

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Help... I'm totally confused about the difference between absolute numbers and the %. I just found out that my cd4 cout was 28% or 392. How is the percent more meaningful than the absolute number? I just don't get this... Read more »

small town versus city

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is support in a city a lot better then a small town? It seems a small town everyone know your business and it is hard to get support. Which is better? Read more »

HMO versus PPO

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Can provide a compeling arguement for choosing Blue Cross HMO over PPO. I live in Los Angeles and there seems to be a wonderful selection of HIV Doctors, but the well known Docs only take PPO. I realize that this is probably in the doctor's best... Read more »