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HIV Dementia

Feb 14, 2005

Hello doctor, and thank you for being so kind as to take the time to answer all of our questions. I would like to know if involuntary muscle movement in one leg ( like slow twisting inward and contracting) is a sign of oncoming HAD, I am going to have a MRI done in two days, and am very nervous. If someone has a cd4 count lower than 200 and a high viral load before staring treatment and they start to develop HAD will getting the CD4 up and viral load down help prevent the progression of HAD? Again thank you for your time

Response from Dr. Horwath

Yes, a good response to HAART with reduction in the viral load (especially to undetectable levels) is associated with improvement in cognitive impairment in people with a diagnosis of HAD.

The slow, twisting involuntary movement in your leg is not typical of HAD.

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