Testosterone: review of a guide to testosterone replacement therapy
1 February 2012. Related: News.
In the January/February 2012 edition of HIV Treatment Bulletin we reviewed a guide to testosterone replacement therapy.
This is the second edition of a book by the US activist Nelson Vergel. It is a users guide to testosterone by an HIV positive man who has researched the subject over many years for his own care.
The non-technical sections include helpful tips about what not to do as well as the best approaches. This looks at how to assess potential testosterone deficiency, including what to measure (free vs total), when and how, and the impact of age on target ranges including fluctuation in levels throughout the day. The information is in the context of supplementary approaches being dependent on working with your doctor, not only to ensure that an appropriate dose and formulation are used (oral supplementation being the least useful), but that routine monitoring guides the safety of this approach.