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On taking supplements for overall muscle gain purposes as a PLHIV

A Filipino living with HIV wants to know if it is safe for a PLHIV to take testosterone supplements (for overall muscle gain purposes), and Dr. Jose Narciso Melchor Sescon responds.

Dr. Jose Narciso Melchor Sescon – president of the AIDS Society of the Philippines and current Chief of Clinics of Sta. Ana Hospital – answers all your HIV-related inquiries. For all your questions, email josescon1@gmail.com or info@outragemag.com.

Dear Doc,

Good morning!

Is it safe for a PLHIV to take testosterone supplements (for overall muscle gain purposes)?

Appreciate your response.

Regards,
Mr. Superbod

 

Thanks for your letter.

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We already earlier discussed taking whey proteins as food supplement for people living with HIV.

But let me reiterate that there are a lot of considerations to be looked at by your personal doctor before he/she can prescribe supplements for you. This is because what is taken needs to be customized to the health needs of the patient since his/her HIV status is not the only concern. Your doctor also has to check blood levels, renal and liver issues, and so on.

As such, a face-to-face professional medical consultation is needed.

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