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Brain Infection Associated With Hiv

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The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

... Table of Contents Introduction HIV-Associated Brain Problems Diagnosing MCMD and HAD Treatment for MCMD and HAD Help for Memory Problems Taking Care of Yourself Introduction The brain is a very important organ. It controls every function in our body
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Do I have to have a brain biopsy done?

Hello to my favorite doctor, Dr, Ben. As always, I have a question. I think I have, besides having aids, pml. What are my options? Will they have to do a brain biopsy?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...treatment for HIV, PML was a devastating diagnosis. Fortunately, if the PML diagnosis is correct, initiation of HAART is usually associated with very good outcomes. I hope this helps and wish you well. Write back anytime.BY Read more »

AIDS Dementia

Is AIDS-Related Dementia caused by the actual HIV Virus or a low CD4 cell count? How does it affect the actual brain tissue?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation or static encephalopathy (diffuse brain disease) due to HIV infection of the central nervous system (brain tissue) with associated prominent immune activation. It is generally a late-stage phenomenon with CD4 counts less than 200.Dr.... Read more »

Brain Cancers in AIDS Infected Patients

Are their any particular kinds of brain cancers that people with AIDS are more prone to? My brother is 29 and is in the last stages of this disease and recently found out he has brain cancer..Doctors are not suggesting chemo and they have taken him...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...The only brain tumor that is closely associated with AIDS is primary lymphoma of the brain. This is typically treated with radiation and steroids. Other brain tumors can occasionally Read more »

Visual Changes in Early HIV Infection

Dr. Feinberg,I've recognized, through HIV-related discussions and internet readings, that many HIV+ patients develop floaters (vitreous fiber condensation 'cobweb type') in early HIV infection. I believe this is because of the immune system's...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...immune response were directed at those cells. I know of no data that indicate that retinal cells are infected by HIV, but some brain cells are permissive for HIV infection and the eye is, in a manner of speaking, an anatomic extension of the... Read more »
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

HIV Infection and Chronic Drinking Have a Synergistic, Damaging Effect on the Brain

...important to the successful completion of personal and work-related activities." "Too frequently, when widespread deficits are associated with disease, the need to disentangle underlying interacting processes is overlooked," said Nixon. ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Infection Increases Risk for Non-AIDS Cancers

...laryngeal cancer. Among individuals who also had AIDS, Shiels and colleagues found a "dramatically" increased risk of leukemia and brain cancer (SIRs of 8.02 and 4.86, respectively). The risk of Hodgkin lymphoma and lung cancer was three times... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV and the Brain

...recovery on ART (>200 CD4 cells/mm 3 ). Cytomegalovirus (CMV): a herpesvirus that can infect the brain, but is more often associated with retinitis (inflammation of the retina in the eye) or gastroenteritis (irritation and inflammation of the... Read more »
The Body PRO

Up to Half of HIV-Infected Patients on Effective HAART Still Ultimately Develop Neurocognitive Impairment, Study Finds

...have declined with modern treatments. But there have been some suggestions that this is not so true of the brain disease that's associated with HIV. The CHARTER study was designed to answer, or at least address, this question. Igor... Read more »
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50% of HIV+ Develop Neurocognitive Impairment

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...have declined with modern treatments. But there have been some suggestions that this is not so true of the brain disease that's associated with HIV. The CHARTER study was designed to answer, or at least address, this question. Igor Grant The... Read more »

I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...Sorry friends for my earlier angy post, but a diagnosis that you are losing control of your emotions and your higher brain functions due to HIV is most distressing. My HIV specialist and my AIDS neurologist at UCLA have both told me that the... Read more »


Posted by bura, 3 Replies
As per the title, is there really such a thing? Read more »

HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
...Gelbard's team discovered that it's Tat's effects on the ryanodine receptor that cause an "unfolded protein response" seen in the brains of HIV patients. Shape is everything for proteins, and they're nearly always useless or harmful when they are... Read more »