HIV Meds and Growth Hormone Peptides

Question

Hi Nelson: I have a question that most of people do not have the courage to ask their doctors. However, some doctors might not necessarily know the right answer. Can a person on antiretroviral drugs take peptides, for better performance at the gym or any other benefit that peptide could be related to. I am taking Triumeq, and I had tried using peptides once before I was diagnosed. I used ipamorelin and MOD1-29. It made an effect on my workout. However, I think there is a myth that peptide affects CD4 production and therefore stimulate HIV virus multiplication. This sounds a bit concerning if it to be true. There are no articles on this subject so I appreciate if you could give some insight or advice.

Answer

The principal use of peptides is to provide increased GH levels, which also results in increased IGF-1 levels. The presumption is that an increase in these levels can aid fat loss and in some instances can aid muscle gain as well.

For those who do not know what peptides are, here is some good info:

What are peptides?

People are buying them online even though they are not FDA approved. These online companies are selling them as "research chemicals".

There are no data on interactions with HIV meds beyond what we know from growth hormone, sermorelin and tesamorelin (neither has interactions). We have no data on ipamorelin and GRF 1-29.

Tesamorelin (Brand name: Egrifta) can be obtained by prescription for reducing HIV-related belly fat gain. The growth hormone releasing hormone product is covered by most insurance policies and is also provided by patient assistance programs for people with no insurance that meet certain income criteria (more on Egrifta.com for patient assistance and copay assistance card). I think it's wiser to try to get this product than to spend your cash on online products that may or may not contain a peptide that has no HIV-related data.

Just my two cents.

I hope this clarifies your view!

In health,

Nelson