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AIDS Dementia Complex

... What If Someone I Care For Has Symptoms or Was Diagnosed With ADC? Conclusion Introduction Dementia is a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to think clearly and can impact his or her daily activities. AIDS dementia complex (ADC) -- dementia caused by HIV infection -- is a complicated syndrome made up of different nervous system and mental symptoms. These symptoms are somewhat common in people with HIV disease. The...
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How can I tell if I am starting to get AIDS-related dementia? (COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION, 2010) (NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS, 2010)

Hi Dr. Bob, I have been on a HAART regimen since 2006 (Lexiva/Norvir/Epzicom), my CD4 count is above 700, my viral load is undetectable, and yet I seem to be getting all of the symptoms of early-stage dementia (I went through the list of early-stage...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...neurocognitive disorders, Neurology 2007; 69; 1789-1799Dore GJ, Correll PK, Li Y, Kaldor JM, Cooper DA, Brew BJ. Changes to AIDS dementia complex in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. AIDS 1999; 13:1249-1253Letendre SL, McCutchan... Read more »

Info on AIDS Dementia and End Stage AIDS

My husband was diagnosed with AIDS dementia on 8/7. He is considered to be in end stage AIDS. Doctors will not come back to discuss what this means. What is end stage and what can I expect? Please help.
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...AIDS dementia is usually a diagnosis of exclusion. There are many HIV-associated conditions that can lead to dementia and it is important Read more »

AIDS dementia?

Dear Doctor,What are the symptoms for AIDS related dementia? Female, + since 1990, now 39 years old, currently not on treatment but approaching the point where Ill have to restart therapy (CD4 500, 31%), I have been experiencing the following...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Actually, this sounds more like depression than anything else. In particular, the depressed mood, increased sleep, and loss of interest in going out and socializing are very characteristic of depression. You should be evaluated by a good... Read more »

Is there any help with aids dementia?

My friend has full blown Aids with an off the board viral count and T-cells at 3. He has been off meds for nearly two years, since he developed resistance to everything available at that time. Now, they are still waiting for a cocktail of 3 before...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The best treatment for HIV-associated dementia is an effective anti-retroviral cocktail. It is clear from several studies that keeping the viral load low is strongly associated with fewer neuropsychological symptoms and a lower risk of... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Anemia Drug May Be Useful in Treatment of AIDS-Related Dementia

...erythropoietin, which is sold by Amgen as Epogen and Aranesp and by Johnson & Johnson as Procrit and Eprex, may be used to treat AIDS-related dementia, the New York Times reports. Dr. Stuart Lipton, scientific director of the San Diego,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Marked Improvement in Survival Following AIDS Dementia Complex in the Era of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

...The current study examined the effect of the introduction of HAART on survival following AIDS dementia complex (ADC). The researchers examined Australian AIDS notification data pre-HAART (1993-1995) and HAART (1996-2000). They used Kaplan-Meier Read more »
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CNS Penetration of Antiretroviral Agents May Not Be Essential for Prevention of AIDS-Related Dementia

...and other neurologic complications of HIV. In addition, the data provide pathophysiologic support for the dramatic decline in AIDS dementia in the current treatment era, a reduction that has occurred with all therapies regardless of their CNS... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Produces Proteins Linked to Progression of AIDS-Related Dementia, Study Says

...Proteins produced by HIV can activate two biochemical pathways and accelerate the natural death of neurons, possibly leading to AIDS-related dementia, according to a study published Monday in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National... Read more »
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HIV DEMENTIA

Posted by mrc911, 2 Replies
...I was recently diagnosed with HIV dementia. I am extremely depressed and have been out of work since June. My tcell count is 660 and viral load <60. I feel like I am Read more »

I tested positive 2 days ago... im scared.

Posted by Unlucky2, 8 Replies
I just tested 2 days ago and i have a girlfriend that most likely is positive as well... i donyt know how to tell her... she will kill her self (she really would) i dont know what to do i dont know whats going to happen to me.... im so lost and... Read more »

aids dementia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been pos for more than 23 years and now the mds think my dementia is getting worse . I am sure the viris got into my brain when I had no T cells . Now I work full time but ... Read more »

My Only Son Has AIDS Dementia/My Heart hurts

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My son is 40 5'9 and good looking very intelligent,now to see him, his personal hygene is not on his mind ,it breaks my heart to know he was raped !,before finding out he had aids went to jail on a misdemeanor charge and was raped by the black men... Read more »