Can Meds Boost Physical Symptoms?
BY HIV Plus Editors
November 22 2006 1:00 AM ET
A study of 347 HIV-positive men has shown that anti-HIV drugs might boost adverse HIV-related physical symptoms, like pain. Writing in the International Journal of STD and AIDS, the researchers released their results:
' Men on anti-HIV drugs reported more adverse symptoms of all kinds than those not on therapy.
' Physical symptoms were more common among those on therapy.
' Men taking anti-HIV drugs had higher rates of symptom-related distress.
Surprisingly, symptoms of psychological distress were slightly higher in the untreated group, with 79.5% reporting psychological symptoms compared to 69.5% of men taking anti-HIV drugs.