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Etiology Of Hiv Related Dementia

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AIDS InfoNet

Nervous System Problems and Dementia

...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 neuropathy. This can cause damage to nerves controlling sensation. Symptoms may include altered sensation, numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness, especially in the feet and legs. See Fact Sheet 555 for more information. Central nervous...
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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
...symptoms requires medical providers to take time not only to evaluate the physical aspects of having HIV, but the emotional aspects caused by living with a chronic condition that is uncertain, may progress, and cause premature functional... Read more »

hiv related demensia

What are the symptoms of HIV related demensia?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...HIV-related dementia can cause slowed thinking, apathy, memory impairment, concentration problems, confusion, problems with balance, tremors (shaking) and 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
...memory problems, impaired concentration, tremors, gait problems, apathy and social withdrawal.There are some medicines that can cause memory problems and other cognitive impairments, but usually not all the symptoms seen with HIV-dementia. The... Read more »

Prevelence of HIV related demensia

I am a 35 year old man, infected and diagnosed about 3 years ago. Because the infection time was known and recent, we opted for an immediate HAART treatment for about a year. Since then, my CD4 counts have been in the normal range, and my viral...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...The risk of HIV-associated dementia is high among those with advanced AIDS (those with high viral loads and low T-cell counts). Effective antiretroviral treatment Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Older People and HIV

...included in clinical trials of new drugs. Treatment side effects may not be any more frequent in older people. However, changes caused by aging can resemble or worsen treatment side effects. For example, aging is a major risk factor for heart... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...copies, your health care provider may tell you that yourresults are "undetectable." Being undetectable is the best result because it means your virus is undercontrol. However, undetectable does not mean that you have been cured of HIV;it just... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...level is 12.1-15.1.A low RBC count or low HCT or HCT may mean you have anemia, which can cause youto feel tired. Anemia can be caused by certain HIV drugs. Women may alsoexperience anemia as a result of blood loss through menstrual periods. ... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Clinical Trials

...completed the first three phases of research, thecompany that makes the drug submits the study data to the FDA for approval.Because the need for treatments for HIV is so great, a drug company can applyfor something called accelerated approval if... Read more »
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I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...and remains there protected by the blood brain barrier. In the brain it infects cells in the brain and produces toxins that cause brain cells not infected to die. I recently had a spinal tap which found tens of thousands of HIV per ml of spinal... Read more »

HIV is not for sissies

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...norvir, atazanavir, prezista, and issentress. Many of those meds had very unpleasant side effects AZT made me nauseous and caused me to feel as if I was full of ants and sustiva gave me horrible nightmares and daytime delusions. All of the... Read more »


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 »