|How is learning affected?
Nov 25, 2006
I am a volunteer, teaching computer skills to HIV positive people trying to re-enter the workforce. I'm wondering how HIV/AIDS and/or the treatment affects their ability to learn, so that I can adjust my course design and teaching methods appropriately. I know that there is great variation among individuals, and I adjust my teaching in class to accommodate the needs of the group, but I want to design the courses so the goals are appropriate. Setting the bar too low is insulting and may set artificial limits, but setting it too high can destroy motivation.
| Response from Dr. Henry
HIV+ persons for the most part do not have any cognitive impairment that would decrease the ability to learn. Some patients with advanced AIDS (CD4 < 200 ) are at increased risk for cognitive disorders and some HIV drugs can throw off sleep and concentration-but for the most part HIV doesn't greatly impact learning potential. KH
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