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Causes Of HIV Dementia

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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 »

what is hiv dementia & what is hiv drug-related dementia & their symptoms

i am concerned that i have hiv-dementia. I have never yet read anything about its symptoms? How can i tell if i am getting hiv-dementia and how can one distinguish between hiv- versus hiv-med-related dementia, that is, dementia caused by the hiv...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
HIV-associated dementia inlcudes symptoms like slowed thinking, memory problems, impaired concentration, tremors, gait problems, apathy and social withdrawal.There are some medicines that can cause memory problems and other cognitive impairments,... Read more »

Paranoia/anxeity/dementia attacks

My partner is currently taking depokote and ambien as well as Truvada and Kaletra for HAART. His white blood cell count is very low (below 15). He suffers from bouts of dementia with extreme paranoia and high anxiety. Doctors are currently running...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Your partner has a very severe immune impairment (very low white count). The tests that the doctors are performing (blood tests and lumbar puncture) indicate that they are concerned about infections, including infections of the central nervous... Read more »

DEMENTIA

My Son has dementia, He's 38 what is the best meds. for that? He is HIV.
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
If his dementia is caused by HIV (which it probably is), then the best therapy is highly-active antiretroviral treatment (HAART). I have seen many patients with HIV-associated dementia respond to HAART with substantial improvements in their memory... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Dementia Risk Causes New Concerns

...dementia's damage is to the basal ganglia, the same area affected in Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's destroys the cells; in AIDS dementia the problem is massive inflammation. Indeed, McArthur and colleagues have been testing the benefits of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV-Related Dementia Common in Africa, Study Finds

... A new study revealed 31 percent of HIV patients in Uganda had AIDS-related dementia. This alarmingly high rate could mean HIV/AIDS is one of the leading causes of dementia in the world, alongside Alzheimer's disease Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Older People and HIV

How Many Older People Have AIDS? Why Are Older People Getting Infected? Is HIV Disease Different for Older People? Is HIV the Same in Older People? What Other Health Problems Are Common? Mental Problems The Bottom Line How Many... Read more »
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... Read more »
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Excellent article on HIV & aging, "New York" mag.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 2 Replies
"Another Kind of AIDS Crisis" A striking number of HIV patients are living longer but getting older fastershowing early signs of dementia and bone weakness usually seen in the elderly. http://nymag.com/health/features/61740/ Read more »

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 »

Memory loss

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
why do you get memory loss with hiv ? Read more »

New to this

Posted by jiffyp20, 5 Replies
Hi everyone,been laying low since I found out I'm HIV+ I'm not on any HIV meds yet, just thyroid and zoloft but I feel like crap all of the time. No matter what I do, how much or little sleep etc, I still feel like crap all the time, all I want... Read more »