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HIV and memory loss

Sep 25, 2009

I have been living with HIV for 16 years. I am still undetectable and have a CD4 count around 1500. My main side effects from meds are fatigue, insomnia, and the worse is memory loss. I can't remember anything anymore. Is this a common problem? Is there any meds that are better to prevent memory loss? Is there any recommendations to help increase my memory? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Memory loss can be part of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. There are, of course, other non-HIV-related conditions that can affect memory as well. Talk to your HIV specialist. A referral to an HIV-knowledgeable neurologist may help to more specifically diagnose your problem. Specific recommendations for treatment depend on what's causing the problem.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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