HIV infection, sexual dysfunction and HAART, what are the interactions?

  • Colebunders, Robert (Promotor)
  • De Ryck, Iris (Researcher)
  • Van der Meer, Anne (Administrator)

Project Details


Sexual dysfunction (SD) is a prevalent medical problem among HIV-positive men that reduces their quality of life, and can influence adherence and safe sexual behavior. Several studies showed a relationship between SD and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). However, it is unclear which antiretroviral regimens can cause SD. Our hypothesis is that HAART-induced SD can be caused by the mitochondrial toxicity and / or endocrinological effects of the products used. The new Truvada + raltegravir regimen is known as a treatment with minimal side effects. It is our experience that HAART-treated individuals who complain about SD see a marked improvement when switching to a treatment containing raltegravir. However, this finding must be further investigated in a controlled study. Therefore, we propose a randomized clinical trial in HIV-positive men to study the role of different antiretroviral regimens and the pathophysiological mechanisms of HAART-induced SD.
Effective start/end date1/01/1031/12/10


  • Research Fund - Flanders: €60,000.00


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