Re-Considering Testosterone When Anti-Retroviral Drugs Work
Testosterone Supplementation Can Cause Sleep Apnea
By Michael Mooney
The following is a letter from a newly diagnosed man who wants to use testosterone.
You're welcome. The supplements can help support healthy immune function and overall well-being.
I don't know of doctors there, but I feel I should provide some caution about using testosterone if the anti-HIV drugs are working.
Here is the deal, if you get effective control of the virus with the anti-HIV meds, you may not suffer from wasting (losing muscle), which is the main reason you would need anabolic steroids, like testosterone. Your doctor's consideration might be just that. Are you wasting or not? And do you have other symptoms of testosterone deficiency, including low sex drive, low energy and depression?
If not, and your natural testosterone is high enough, you might consider that you'll experience adverse effects that are not worth the beneficial effects of testosterone, like muscle gain.
If you use supplemental testosterone you will upset your body's natural testosterone production. Your body will turn testosterone down, almost to nothing.
You should carefully consider upsetting your body's natural testosterone production if you don't have symptoms of testosterone deficiency and your blood tests show that you have low levels of testosterone. Blood tests alone are not enough to determine this. Your own subjective feelings of well-being and how well your body is responding to the athletic training you do should each be considered.
Some healthy HIV+ men, who have no symptoms of testosterone deficiency use testosterone to make them look muscular. But testosterone use, especially injections, can cause side-effects. It's a potent medical hormone, with both positive and negative effects and it should be respected as such.
One potential negative effect, called sleep apnea, is a lack of normal breathing when you are asleep that can raise blood pressure, causing a strain on the cardiovascular system. Over the long-term, this could create more potential for cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
If it is needed then maybe the potential for negative effects is less important than its beneficial effects. But I caution you to consider this carefully.
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2011 3:43 AM
Subject: Built to survive
I have just finished reading your amazing book, and first of all i want to say - thank you. Besides hope you gave me clarity and information that i needed.
I'm 32, was diagnosed last year and are starting with therapy just now. Naturally i am extremely worried, and in talks to my doctors was explained that there is basically nothing that i can do but go on the therapy and lead the lifestyle that i have so far (I'm an athlete my whole life, I eat right and workout every day).
Of course i want to take as much control and charge as I can, so I already got all the supplements that you also recommend and i believe this would be crucial.
My question is in regards to my choice of doctors. As I live in *****, we basically only have 2 doctors that are HIV specialist and in talks to them i realised they don't even see supplements like NAC, Acetyl-L-carnitine and such necessary, and for steroids they told me AVOID completely. Naturally I would like to find a doctor that understands the lifesaving potential of anabolic steroids for me, but i don't know who to talk to.
So my question is, if you have know of doctor, that is in ***** or close by that i could talk to in regards to PoWeR?
I would really appreciate any information from your side, as i really want to take control of my future but i do need help in this.
Thank you so much for the book and for your answer