hiv, sleep apnea, memory loss: any link?
May 22, 2010
HIV+ for 12 yrs. Doing well on HAART: CD4 540, VL 35. On Viread, 3TC and Nevirapine. Developed apnea about 4 yrs ago. Started on CPAP Feb 2009. Began to notice memory loss last year May. Several symptoms. The most disturbing: hard at recollecting what I studied. Had to abandon academic study for consecutive two years. Could there be a link between the three? If so what could be the cause and what are the possible treatments? Thanks.
Response from Dr. Henry
Cognitive problems can be seen in HIV+ persons though risk is less with higher CD4 count. Your HIV regimen should provide fair brain protection. There is generally no easy treatment. Neuropsych testing, brain scan, lumbar puncture (to see if HIV is detectable) would be recommended to assess status of cognitive function and possible etiologies. Sleep apnea has not been reported to be associated with your HIV regimen to my knowledge. If any reader has personal experience or knows of a published reference please post. KH
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