November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011

Testosterone Treatment Increases Chances of Blood Disorder

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

From reading my blog, you know I have HIV wasting and have to do hormone replacement shots with testosterone. Well now there is new news for people with HIV on testosterone replacement so I am going to blog about the news today.

Testosterone replacement therapy increases the chances that HIV-positive men will develop a blood disorder involving an over-production of red blood cells.

This over-production of red blood cells is called polycythaemia. It can increase the risk of blood clots and cardiovascular problems. The risks are greatest for people with diabetes or high blood pressure. Other problems associated with the condition include headache, blurry vision and feeling confused.

A well-known side-effect of testosterone replacement therapy is the over-production of red blood cells.

Researchers wanted to see if testosterone treatment also caused the condition in people with HIV.

A total of 6000 people who received care over ten years were included in the study.

Rates of the condition were very low. Only 25 (0.42%) developed polycythaemia. A total of 21 of these patients were men, and the researchers focused their attention on these individuals.

Testosterone replacement therapy was used by two-thirds of the men with over-production of red blood cells compared to a fifth of those who did not develop polycythaemia.

The researchers therefore recommend that HIV-positive people taking testosterone replacement therapy should have regular tests to monitor their red blood cell count with “adjustment of testosterone dose or cessation of therapy as appropriate patients with polycythaemia should be queried about prescription or non-prescription use of testosterone.”

So now you have the latest news to arm yourself with when speaking with your health care provider.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab