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Effect On Brain Of A Hiv Infected Person

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The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...mild and can be mistaken as part of the aging process. Approximately one in every three people will experience symptoms of MCMD. A more serious condition called HIV-associated dementia (HAD) is much rarer, especially since effective HIV drugs have become available. HAD typically occurs in less than 2% of HIV-positive people and generally when the immune system is failing. HAD is not really a disease, but a mental and physical state where a...
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Psycological response to longterm HIV diagnosis?

I read a most interesting and self confirming article in the May/June Issue of PA (Positively Aware) magazine. It was titled, "Is it all in your head?" Since I have been diagnosed now being over 16 years, I have been finding myself depressed, mood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...dementias, in contrast, are more likely to involve memory loss and deficits in higher-level cognitive functions controlled by the cerebral cortex, such as language comprehension and problemsolving. These categories overlap, however, and patients... Read more »

PML of the brain (PML, 2009)

My best friend just started having seizures about 5 months ago, the first time, he was taken by ambulance to the ER and because he had smoked marijuana (with a written doctors recomendation in the state of California) the ER doc dismissed anything...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...information. This includes: 1) if the state of health is consistent with PML symptoms; 2) if JC virus DNA is present in the cerebral spinal fluid; and 3) if MRI tests show lesions mainly in the brain's white matter. However, using anti-HIV... Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Combivir is a rather outdated antiretroviral regimen. Crixivan can be difficult to take, due to food restrictions and its side effects/toxicity profile (kidney stones, etc.). Combivir also can have a wide range of side effects and toxicities... Read more »

HIV AND PML

i am hiv positive and i discovered it two years back when i started suffering from certain neurological problems. During check up i found my CD4count to be 2 and PML in my brain. i started taking HAART combinatin and was hospitalized. after...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...information. This includes: 1) if the state of health is consistent with PML symptoms; 2) if JC virus DNA is present in the cerebral spinal fluid; and 3) if MRI tests show lesions mainly in the brain's white matter. However, using anti-HIV... Read more »
Articles
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

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

...explained Sullivan, "whereas working memory is primarily associated with more frontally based systems that may not be as severely effected at this moderate stage of disease. Results showed that individuals were able to retain information over... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How to Spot HIV/AIDS Fraud

...or sale of products that are supposed to diagnose, treat, or cure HIV when those products have not been proven to be safe and effective for those purposes. Regular medicine does not have a cure for HIV. Because it is a serious illness, many... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...tip of the penis) or through small cuts, abrasions, or open sores on the penis. Not having (abstaining from) sex is the most effective way to avoid HIV. If people choose to have anal sex, they should use a latex condom. Most of the time, condoms... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV and the Brain

...dementias, in contrast, are more likely to involve memory loss and deficits in higher-level cognitive functions controlled by the cerebral cortex, such as language comprehension and problemsolving. These categories overlap, however, and patients... Read more »
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50% of HIV+ Develop Neurocognitive Impairment

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...found this study very interesting. Let me know what you think. Regards, ScotCharles "Up to Half of HIV-Infected Patients on Effective HAART Still Ultimately Develop Neurocognitive Impairment, Study Finds A Discussion With Igor Grant ... Read more »

HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
...My neurologist at UCLA, Dr. Elyse Singer, has been warning since the mid 1990's that HIV's effect on the brain and nervous systems was a ticking timebomb. The meds never completely eradicate the virus from the body and never Read more »

hiv gene therapy

Posted by hopefulone, 2 Replies
...hiv gene therapy has been getting a lot of play in the national and international press as of late....i would be interetested in Read more »

Ageing with AIDS

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...HIV. For instance, older people are excluded from HIV drug trials in order to screen out the statistical noise caused by the effects of ageing. I recommend that all of you who are interested read the AIDS Community Research Initiative... Read more »