Aug 11, 2013
If I have HIV dementia do I have to get the symptoms of it?
| Response from Dr. Fawcett
Thanks for writing. Fortunately, cases of severe HIV dementia have been greatly reduced by more effective medications. Nonetheless, mild cognitive issues are relatively common in persons living with HIV. These may be caused by both the virus and/or the medications. HIV-related dementia is very difficult to diagnose because, in mild cases, the symptoms are quite general.
Minor Cognitive Motor Disorder is the most common, with symptoms that include difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, motor problems (which may be reflected in a variety of symptoms such as poor coordination or handwriting). If dementia progresses these symptoms become more severe.
As you can see, these can be caused by a number of factors, including aging. Speak with your healthcare provider. There are neuropsychological tests that can be utilized to make a better diagnosis if there is cause for concern.
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