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HIV Tied to Greater Erectile Dysfunction Among Men Over 45 Img

HIV Tied to Greater Erectile Dysfunction Among Men Over 45

A Dutch cohort study of men who have sex with men (MSM) over the age of 45 finds that HIV infection and lopinavir/ritonavir use each are independently associated with decreased erectile function.

Do Integrase Inhibitors Affect Testosterone Levels in Men? Img

Do Integrase Inhibitors Affect Testosterone Levels in Men?

In a small cross-sectional study researchers found a link between the use of integrase inhibitors and the presence of low testosterone, but they may have inadvertently arrived at this conclusion.

Some Issues Related to Sexual Dysfunction in Men Img

Some Issues Related to Sexual Dysfunction in Men

A review of key ideas about male sexual dysfunction in HIV-positive men.

Frailty Linked to Inflammation, Low Sex Hormone Levels in Men With HIV Img

Frailty Linked to Inflammation, Low Sex Hormone Levels in Men With HIV

In a study of HIV-positive men, frailty was linked to higher levels of inflammation markers and lower levels of testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Men With HIV Twice as Likely to Have Low Testosterone Img

Men With HIV Twice as Likely to Have Low Testosterone

Hypogonadism, or low testosterone, affected more than one in 10 HIV-positive men in a preliminary single-center study in France. That rate is two times higher than in the general population of similarly aged men.

HIV-Positive Men Taking Erectile Dysfunction Drugs More Likely to Take Sexual Risks and Have Syphilis Img

HIV-Positive Men Taking Erectile Dysfunction Drugs More Likely to Take Sexual Risks and Have Syphilis

HIV-positive men who had been prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction had a higher rate of syphilis and were more likely to have engaged in sexual risk behaviors than those who had not been prescribed such drugs, according to a study presented...

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Nelson Vergel Asks for Change in Testosterone Guidelines After Another Negative Study

A new study published last week and a previous one from the Veterans Administration Hospital System (see below post) show what happens when older men are given testosterone replacement without managing potential blood level increases of factors that ...

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Polycythemia in HIV-Infected Patients: A Blog Entry by Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

A research letter recently published in the journal AIDS by Vorkas et al determined that testosterone use was associated with polycythemia, and intramuscular administration demonstrated a stronger association than topical (testosterone patch) use. No...

HIV and Sexual Function in Women Over 50: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S. Img

HIV and Sexual Function in Women Over 50: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

"How do we as clinical practitioners proceed with our HIV-positive women over 50 who report sexual dysfunction? Do we tell them they are just 'frigid,' as women in general were told decades ago?" nurse practitioner Bethsheba Johnson asks in our "HIV ...

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Keeping Up With Erectile Dysfunction: Why Are There So Many Men Over 50 Asking for Help? A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

In my current practice, every day there is at least one man over the age of 50 asking for an erectile dysfunction (ED) medication. It seems to have become an epidemic. Or it is just more openly discussed. Or both.

So what are the causes of ED? And w...