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Effects Of Viral Load On Central Nervous System

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AIDS InfoNet

Nervous System Problems and Dementia

...Signs of CNS Problems? What Makes Nervous System Problems Worse? How Are CNS Problems Treated? The Bottom Line 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...
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dizziness and armpit discomfort side effects

I have been tested positive since August 2009. My CD 4 was 328, viral load was about 20,000. My doctor gave me Stocrin and Truvada for treatment since then. My side effects has been minor except when I first started for the first 3 weeks, I happened...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Some patients (5-10%) will continue to have some central nervous system side effects from efavirenz -you may want to discuss either switching your meds if very bothersome or checking your efavirenz Read more »

HIV Dementia

I have been HIV+ for 19 years and have been undetected for the last 8 years. I recently was diagnosed with HIV dementia. My viral load is <60 and my t cell count 660. I am on Viread and Epzicom for the last 8 years. Do I need to have my meds...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine more effective in preventing and treating HIV dementia. In general, the protease inhibitors have poor penetration into the central nervous system (CNS). The NNRTIs and NRTIs have much better penetrance. Zidovudine (AZT, ZDV) has the best... Read more »

Side effect of Stocrin and Truvada?

Only yesterday I began HIV treatment after testing positive via several rapid tests. My HIV confirmatory test and my viral load tests are still pending but with a CD4 count of 243 my doctors thought it fit to begin treatment. I have been...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The Stocrine (efavirenz) often causes a range of odd brain/central nervous system side effects including perhaps the symptoms you describe so I would guess that the Stocrine is the likely cause. Most of those Read more »


Hey Doc,About 6 months ago my viral load was less then 80. 3 months later I went back to the doctor and recieved a flu shot then had my viral retaken right after the shot when I got the numbers back it went up to 500 hundred (not thousand). Is that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(Answer That Never Changes). But since it's flu shot season, I'll gladly repost something from the archives.Stay well!Dr. BobVIRAL LOAD, FLU, and FLU SHOTSOct 20, 2006 Hey Dr. BOB I know it's probably not a good thing to get the flu if we've... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Increased Human Immunodeficiency Virus Loads in Active Methamphetamine Users Are Explained by Reduced Effectiveness of Antiretroviral Therapy

...cerebrospinal fluid as well as blood plasma to address the possibility that the effects of METH use on viral load are amplified in the central nervous system. The investigators grouped subjects according to current HAART use and analyzed their... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...cells called B-lymphocytes, or B-cells. They multiply rapidly and form tumors. Lymphoma of the brain or spinal cord is called central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. AIDS-related lymphoma is sometimes called Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL). In 1985,... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...starting the drugs. If your viral load goes up while taking HIV drugs, you and your health care provider should take another viral load measurement. If that result is the same or higher, your drugs may not be working as well as they should. You... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...function in our body allowing us to think, see, feel, touch, hear, smell, and move. The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). While we do not know exactly how it happens, scientists believe that HIV enters the CNS... Read more »
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CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
...I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »

Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options?

Posted by hblue23, 4 Replies
...protect her and it is known that your immune system is down while pregnant. But usually I maintain any where from an undetectable viral load to maybe a 1000 copies...not much while not on meds. The highest my CD4 count has been is 750 in 7... Read more »

viral load

Posted by kaliboo, 2 Replies
...I've been trying to find out what your viral load is (approximately, of course) shortly after being infected... and have had no luck... So I guess I'm just wondering... what Read more »

Now the experts aren't sure??

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...evolution and new mutations, even in people like you with good long term control. It occurs in sequestered sites, such as the central nervous system and the gonads, and these viral strains can also re-infect CD4 cells in the blood. This may not... Read more »