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Can The Nervous System Hide Hiv Cells

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Nervous System Problems and Dementia

What Are Nervous System Problems? The nervous system has two parts. The brain and spinal cord are the central nervous system (CNS). The nerves and muscles are the peripheral (around the outside) nervous system. People with HIV disease can have several problems with the nervous system. A common problem is peripheral neuropathy. This can cause damage to nerves controlling sensation. Symptoms may include altered sensation, numbness, tingling,...
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HIV attacking central nervous system

i was diagnosed with encypholitis back in october at which time i was removed from all meds. I had bloodwork done and my t cells dropped from 910 to 527 in late December also viral from undetectable to 1600. New bloodwork done in middle of January...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Not exactly sure what she might be speaking of. However, HIV exists in all tissues including the brain and spinal fluid. HIV drugs penetrate into the brain at different levels. In general when we see viral loads go down in the blood, the same... Read more »

Is checking central nervous system critical?

Dear Dr. I was recently diagnosed with NHL (B, large cell.) My CD4 is 200 and viral load hovers around 8,000. The LYmphoma was found in a node under my arm and CT scan doesn't show any other signs of the disease. I have no other symptoms. I...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Dear HM: A spinal tap is part of the staging evaluation for HIV-related lymphoma. It should be done! I have performed a spinal tap on virtually 100% of my patients. The transient discomfort associated with a spinal tap pales compared to missing the... Read more »

Can the first sign of AIDS be a Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma?

Can you tell me if it's unusual for Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma to be the first illness in an hiv+ person? Don't other conditions precede such a condition? ...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma typically occurs late in the course of AIDS. Usually such patients have CD4 counts less than 50. It is not uncommon to have patients present with this type of lymphoma. They are patients, who for a variety... Read more »

Hiding in cells

I've read questions where they say HIV can hide in cells and the PCR RNA test cannot pick up infection for a while. Does this also apply to a proviral DNA PCR or can this test see that type of infection?Thanks for your time...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Proviral HIV DNA tests for HIV inside cells.... Read more »
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PCR/ELISA & "Hiding HIV"

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I tested negative on a standard ELISA test AND a DNA PCR test at almost 5 months post-exposure. The results were negative. Nevertheless, joint and node pain continues. I can't stop thinking that HIV is somehow hiding in my nodes and thus escaping... Read more »

Hiding from HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been hiding, refusing, putting off taking an HIV test for 7 years and I have been lurking around here and posting anonymously for almost 2 years. I have no idea how to get myself to get tested...and yes I have numero uno risk factor so I am... Read more »

Hiding behind HIV

Posted by Magnet, 4 Replies
I write this question in the hope of gaining insight from both HIV positive gay men as well negative men in "magnetic partnerships".

I only now discovered this term "magnetic", as it relates to my life! It can no longer be a twist of fate that my... Read more »