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hiv related dementia symptoms

Aug 26, 2004

respected sir, could you possibly tell the symptoms of hiv related early dementia. i am quite ok at concentration & memory.but i have anxiety & social phobia(not due to hiv), due to which i am feeling tense that i may have dementia. also my driving skills are good & recently i wrote an exam too with no memory loss. please give me the information about dementia & how can we diagnoise it. also my cd4 count is ok. do i have dementia. please reply. thanking you chaitanya

Response from Dr. Horwath

The typical symptoms of HIV-associated dementia include short-term memory loss, slowing of thinking, difficulties with complex tasks, and social withdrawal. Neurologic symptoms such as hand tremor and gait difficulties are common. Some people also develop difficulties with irritability and emotional lability.

Progressive symptoms of HIV-associated dementia usually occur in those who have failing immunity with low CD4 count and high viral load. If your CD4 count is above 300, then it is not likely that you are developing dementia due to HIV. If your CD4 count drops below 250 or your viral load starts to rise, then your best bet is to get on an effective HAART regimen to prevent the onset of dementia and other AIDS-related complications.

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