Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
November 18, 2017, 07:04:45 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Posts: 722422
  • Total Topics: 58703
  • Online Today: 326
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 3
Guests: 208
Total: 211


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: Erection Problems!!  (Read 5155 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline dumela

  • New Member
  • Posts: 1
Erection Problems!!
« on: June 24, 2006, 01:22:31 PM »
I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago and ever since I started taking my drugs, I ave suffered from erection no show  :(...I get depressed sometimes and being an african doesnt help as basically a man that cant get his penis up is no good. I am married and my partner is supportive although I  sense a bit of disappointment, that her man cant provide in the bedroom. I am now on my third combination and my cd4 is low my consultant an optimist says my erection problems will disapear when my cd4 count goes up???
I am not keen on the viagras etc, is there any natural products that I can use? that will not affect my health?

if any one as experienced my probems or has any advice pls do share. And when I get it up will be the first to know  ;)



Offline Joe K

  • Standard
  • Member
  • Posts: 5,820
  • 31 Years Poz
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2006, 01:34:45 PM »
Hey D,

You'd think that having HIV would be enough trouble without it extending into the bedroom, but sometimes it does and there are things you can do.  First, talk with your doc (and do tests if necessary) to see if there are any physical reasons for your ED.  One thing to really check is your testosterone level, because even if you test in the range, you may be one of those men who needs higher levels.

My testosterone was in the normal range, but still we upped my levels by my taking weekly shots.  The difference was remarkable.  My point is that you don't just have to accept this and so the best place to start is with your doc.

Offline Poz Brit

  • Member
  • Posts: 158
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2006, 02:05:25 PM »
There is a natural product from Africa it’s the bark of the Yohimbe  tree, and can be purchased in capsule form, Google YOHIMBE,  I would  seriously be cautious with it, Personally I would stay away from it, as I regard it dangerous, I am only mentioning it in case you come across it in your search,  it will push your blood out to the extremities of the body and give you the desired affect, but it can make the heart pump rapidly and give a feeling of having a heart attack, some body builders use it to pump up, also if you google “Yohimbe and HIV” there is a lot of information.
I have a friend who tried it, and he really thought he was dying, and he was a very fit gym rat.


Offline bobino

  • Member
  • Posts: 264
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2006, 05:21:20 PM »
Just a side note on the yohimbe bark extract.  It is formulated as a prescription medication here in the U.S. and is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  If you buy the over-the-counter yohimbe extract supplements, you can't be sure how much of the active ingredient you're getting.  Using the prescription form should alleviate any worries you might have concerning how much to take.

I myself have taken the prescription form, although not for treatment of HIV-related ED.  (I was having ED as a result of the various antidepressants I was on.)  My recollection is that it is modestly effective.  The only problem is that it must be taken three times a day every day, so the dosing regimen is not ideal.

Having used Viagra as well, I can tell you that Viagra is far more effective.  I would certainly recommend Viagra over yohimbe extract, since Viagra can be taken on an "as needed" basis. 

Finally, I agree that you need to have your testosterone checked.  Since I was infected my free testosterone level has dropped a lot, although it's still in the normal range.  There seems to be no end to the adverse effects that this virus has on the body.

I wish you luck.
Suivons les rivières
Gardons les torrents
Restons en colère
Soyons vigilants

Offline bear60

  • Member
  • Posts: 4,105
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2006, 07:15:19 PM »
My partner hasnt been able to get it up for several years now...without taking viagra.
CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR...for god sakes man, you have to work this out with yur doctor. Seek support online.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2006, 12:41:15 PM by bear60 »
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline Eldon

  • Member
  • Posts: 2,664
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2006, 07:28:56 PM »
I must admit that you are a brave soul to introduce a topic such as this on the Forum. There is reason for your dysfunction. My best advice would be to consult with your Doctor first, mainly because you are on anti-viral meds and they don't mix so well with other things.

It will work iself out.

Offline cubbybear

  • Member
  • Posts: 510
  • Joined August 2005.
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2006, 07:46:04 PM »
Actually this forum is a great place for him to use as a sounding board for advice, after all many of us may or may not have faced a same or similar issue.  Of course talking with your doctor is a priority, but as has been pointed out numerous times on the forums, sometimes they don't have a clue.  His doctur suggested his problem might be fixed by an increase in cd4 count, maybe it will, but it's hardly an immune related disorder. 

I just wanted to say that these forums are just perfect for discussion of ANY health related problems, we with HIV/AIDS face, we usually tell people to get their arse to the doctors anyway, or at least find a doctor who's knowledge base is up to date.  I'd rather get my advice from people living with HIV who might have experienced similar, and got by it, than go to a text book HIV negative Doctor.
There's a bear in there!
Positive since 2000
Diagnosed 17/9/2005 CD4 35 VL 293,000
Meds 23/9/2005 Sustiva/Truvada
Currently CD4 232 VL Undetectable

Offline Jeff64

  • Member
  • Posts: 256
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2006, 11:40:50 PM »
I'll help you out....I have a 100% proven method....

Not really, but I can empathize with you.

Talk to your Doc and see what he can do.


Offline J.R.E.

  • Member
  • Posts: 7,540
  • Joined Dec-2003 Living positive, since 1985.
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2006, 06:59:03 AM »
Hello Dumela,

Actually, this is a very good place to discuss this problem, as I am sure many of us have experienced it.

My worst time, for erectile Dysfunction, was back in 2003, and just prior to starting on medication. My t-cells were also at 16 back then, and there was no was possible that I  could get an erection.

After starting on meds, things had improved greatly. There are still some times, when I have a little difficulty, but Taking everything into consideration, including my age (54) things are not that bad.

As others had already suggested, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor will understand, and will get you guided in the proper direction. There are many things that can cause this problem, and yes, depression is one of the causes.

Click on this link for a little additional info :


Good luck/ Stay in touch------Ray
« Last Edit: June 25, 2006, 07:05:03 AM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline bear60

  • Member
  • Posts: 4,105
Re: Erection Problems!!
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2006, 11:30:50 AM »
Cubbybear: "I just wanted to say that these forums are just perfect for discussion of ANY health related problems, we with HIV/AIDS face, we usually tell people to get their arse to the doctors anyway, or at least find a doctor who's knowledge base is up to date.  I'd rather get my advice from people living with HIV who might have experienced similar, and got by it, than go to a text book HIV negative Doctor."
Well, true....discussing the problem here is a good idea.  Because there are so many people who have had some experience with it.
But finding out what exactly is wrong...( if anything) is up to the doctor(s) involved. Testosterone levels need to to checked for instance.  A close review of the meds being taken and side effects, as well as a psychological work up are desirable avenues to explore.  I can tell you all that my partner of 13 years has been this route and has tried several different medications as well as hormones and nothing was satisfactory: ie the side effects of the drugs he was taking to CORRECT the erectile problem were intolerable.  So we just have to live with the erectile failure. He will take Viagra on occasion but since he almost had a heart attack last year from cholesterol induced clogged arteries ( from the lipodystrophy) he has been reluctant to take Viagra a lot.
I wish you luck with this problem and yes seek support here on AIDMEDS, these guys are great.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2006, 12:42:28 PM by bear60 »
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.