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Memory loss and HIV treatment

Apr 5, 2007

I have a friend who is 26 years old and has just been diagnosied with HIV 6 months ago, has started treatment due to t-cell count and has realized that their is a major memory problem and has a hard time trying to concentrate, this problem has gotten worse over the past few weeks. They are taking Norvir, Reyetaz, and Truvada. Do you think that this could be a side effect of the meds, or do you think that the illness is getting worse.

Response from Dr. Horwath

Memory problems are not typical side effects of these drugs, but memory impairment can be caused by HIV. Your friend may benefit from some careful evaluation of his memory to get an objective assessment and to see if there is enough of a memory impairment to cause concern.

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