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HIV Quality of Life

Dec 17, 2017

Hello Dr Mark Holidniy,

On the surface, I see that people live to 78 years old with HIV. But around 50% of people claim memory loss. Then there's the issue of dementia, burdensome issues with body fat changes, brain inflation. Many long term patients seem to take 30 pills instead of 1... I've got a lot of anxiety for what those years really mean for quality of life. Is there any chance that these issues will be improved with modern treatment?

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Many people have memory loss or different kinds of dementia in the absence of HIV infection. We are seeing this phenomenon more with HIV infection because people are living longer or becoming infected with HIV later in life. Many HIV medication regimens are now one pill once a day. Additional medications may be added for a variety of medical or mental health conditions, and older people are more likely to have such conditions and require these medications, which may or may not be related to HIV infection.

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