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Aids And Brain Tumor Symptoms

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HIV and the Brain

Table of Contents Introduction HIV-Associated Brain Problems Diagnosing HAND Treatment for HAND Help for Memory Problems Taking Care of Yourself Introduction The brain is a very important organ. It controls every function in our bodyand allows us to think, see, feel, touch, hear, smell, and move. The brain andthe spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). While we do not know exactly how it happens, scientists...
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Tumor on Brain and stem

My friends partner of 18 years has been diagonosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma B cell in the brain, his T-cells were 25 VL- very high, both went off HART 2 yrs ago. Started HARRT 5/04 T-cells now 144. He is to start raditation in a week the brain...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma of the brain is a very serious complication of AIDS. The neurologic symptoms you described (slurred speech, weakness on one side of face and body, depression) are signs that the tumor has already done some damage in the... Read more »

fear of Brain tumor

i am living in africa, and HIV+ for the last 10 years and started ARV 6 years back ,now i am on tenovavir,neverapin andlamuvidine, currently i am noticing at the back of my head a darkening and feeling pain and also a feeling of losing balance...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Risk for HIV/AIDS related brain tumor related partlyu to CD4 count (decreased risk if CD4 count >> 200). Cerebellar or middle ear problem can cause balance problems so do recommend clinical evaluation. Brain tumor is a possibility but other... Read more »

History of benign brain tumor; I can't move on

Dear dr. dezube, I just want to ask you a question about what I should do now that I have tested negative for HIV. I had a brain tumor about two years ago that was benin. I didn't recieve any treatment after or before the operation. I cannot...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I would recommend a two-fold approach. I do indeed believe that you need some psychologic help given your comment "of course I am depressed". It sounds like you have not moved on in life as well as expected. It's probably also... Read more »

How can a Dr tell if you have brain tumor or toxoplasmosis?

My cousin has just been diagnosed with HIV. He has had a CT scan that showed an abnormality. But because he has no insurance we have been trying to get a diagnosis without a biopsy. What are other ways to tell if it is a brain tumor or...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Although the best way to get an accurate diagnosis is do to a biopsy, health care professionals will often treat for two weeks with medications which target the toxoplasmosis, an opportunistic infection seen in HIV-infected individuals. Things which... Read more »
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Teacher faked brain tumor! What if it were HIV?

Posted by bartleby, 2 Replies
did you guys hear about this woman, a Pennsylvania teacher, who faked having a brain tumor to get off of work. she did it for ten years! and finally admitted to faking.

that is such a shameful thing to do. i mean, could you imagine if someone faked... Read more »

First HIV+ Runner With Terminal Brain Cancer Has C

Posted by 1247
First HIV+ Runner With Terminal Brain Cancer Has Completed the NYC Marathon

My name is Richard M. Brodsky. I am HIV-positive and have terminal brain cancer, and I completed the November 2, 2003, NYC Marathon in 04:52. My purpose for running the... Read more »

my brain started working after I think

Posted by dumbdumbme, 1 Reply
You see, I got education and all the stuff I need about HIV/AIDS.
And guess what I thought about it?
"Nah, won't be me." or "Meh, that's so not me"
But guess what?
It actually matters
So you see, I was a virgin, when this happened, and I told my partner... Read more »

Hiv, Meds and Brain , what does it equal ?

Posted by riverprincess, 3 Replies
Some may recall my posting in the HIV and Getting Older some time ago .Go read it if you haven't . We'll I'm going into the next phase of tests to see what 20 years of meds is possibly doing to the brain . I got another deeper in depth MRI... Read more »