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Dealing With Dementia When You Are Hiv Positive

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Ask the Experts

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
...federal Center for Mental Health Services, and teaches and has published on the neuropsychiatry and psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is currently serving on the Residency... Read more »

HIV dementia & CNS infection

My niece has been estranged from my family for over 30 years and I decided to try to track her down... Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV-Positive People May Be at Risk of Developing Chronic Dementia Similar to Alzheimer's, Study Says

...7/23). Dr. Cristian Achim of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues examined the brains of 160 people who had died of AIDS-related illnesses and who had used antiretroviral drugs. The researchers found that two-thirds of those studied... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Identify Biochemical Abnormality That May Explain Link Between HIV, Dementia

...HIV/AIDS patients with early signs of dementia have depleted levels of the brain chemical dopamine, according to a study published in Read more »
Project Inform

AIDS Dementia Complex

...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... 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 and strokes. "If the rate we... Read more »
Connect With Others

I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...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 occurrence of HIV dementia is not related to either viral load or... 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 »

HIV Associated Dementia Symptoms

Posted by ScotCharles
...You can be somewhat functional and still have HAD. Manifestations of Dementia Early manifestations of dementia may include the following: Decreased attention or concentration Reduced speed of information Read more »

veterans vs. newbies...let the fists fly.....

Posted by Lovinlife, 2 Replies
...then somebody tries to throw in a neutral post to the effect that the veterans really have all the info. But--here's a thought--HIV has changed quite a bit since 1984. Those diagnosed more recently will have a much different experience with the... Read more »