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Doping With Muscle-Building Drugs: FAQ

Why Athletes Risk Using Human Growth Hormone, Anabolic Steroids

Can steroid use by athletes be detected?

All known steroids except testosterone can be identified with urine tests. These tests are very sensitive and are very reliable. Testosterone is trickier to detect, but abuse can be detected with a urine test and confirmed with sophisticated lab tests.

"The problem is the tests detect the 28 to 30 compounds they were designed to detect. But the underground community keeps coming up with new compounds," Bhasin says. "There is a disturbing rise in materials that were never tested and were created solely for abuse."

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