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AIDS InfoNet

Nervous System Problems and Dementia

...Sheet 555 for more information. Central nervous system (CNS) problems include depression and problems with sleeping, balance, walking, thinking, and memory. In the early years of AIDS these were all called "HIV-Associated Dementia." However, a broader range of problems is showing up at present. This is now called HIV-associated Neurological Disturbances (HAND), which includes less severe symptoms referred to as Minor Cognitive Motor...
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Alzheimer's or Dementia?

My partner has been pos since 1993. Until a couple years ago he was in good health. Now his viral load is around 250 and his CD4 is 187, which isn't great, and he's starting to forget things really often - not normal things like where his keys are,...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...There are lots of potential reasons to start forgetting things many of which don't relat to dementia. Sometime poor sleep, too much alcohol or other drugs or depression can mak people more forgetful or absent minded. Infections, Read more »

Info on AIDS Dementia and End Stage AIDS

My husband was diagnosed with AIDS dementia on 8/7. He is considered to be in end stage AIDS. Doctors will not come back to discuss what this means. What is end stage and what can I expect? Please help.
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...AIDS dementia is usually a diagnosis of exclusion. There are many HIV-associated conditions that can lead to dementia and it is important Read more »

Connection between long-term AZT therapy and dementia??

Dr. Gallant: I was recently told by my doctor that AZT is the onlyantiviral to "go to the brain," this after I asked aboutdementia. I now think about this and everyone I have known who developeddementia had been on long-term AZT therapy.Is there a...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...fluid, despite the fact that protease inhibitorsaren't supposed to penentrate well into the central nervous system. HIV causes dementia, not AZT. In fact it is very clear that people onAZT are much less likely to develop dementia, and when... 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 Read more »
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Project Inform

AIDS Dementia Complex

...Treating the Symptoms of ADC 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... Read more »
Project Inform

Connection Found Between Belly Fat and Dementia

... A study reported in the journal, Neurology , finds a possible link between excess belly fat and the risk of dementia. While the research did not look specifically at people living with HIV, it raises specific concerns for them. The researchers Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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

...HIV-positive people may be at risk for developing chronic dementia similar to Alzheimer's disease, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 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 »
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dementia - what are your experiences

Posted by cunta_stalwart, 2 Replies
lets talk about this late stage debilitating aspect of HIV Can it be treated, willl everybody get it do the modern drugs help early indicators. 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 »

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 »

I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...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 CD4 count. The virus enters the brain shortly after infection and remains... Read more »