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The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...as the immune system declines. People who have a CD4 cell count below 200 are at risk of developing HAD -- generally the lower theCD4 count, the greater the risk. Also, having a high viral load in the blood or in the spinal fluid can be a risk factor. Diagnosing MCMD and HAD The initial signs of MCMD or HAD can be very difficult to notice. If you are experiencing memory problems or your family and friends comment about your behavior...
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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
...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 therapy complicates... Read more »

brain barrier

Dr. Moyle, I have been on Norvir,Lexiva,and Truvada for several yrs. with good results. However, do these meds cross the brain barrier. If not. Is the any real concern for brain illnesses? IN FLORIDA.
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...cross the brain barrier. Its less clear with PIs like lexiva. As a general rule, when the plasma viral load is undetectable, the fluid around the brain (CSF) also shows an undetectable viral load. This does not mean no viral activity but over the... Read more »

Unknown Brain Infections

My brother has been in the Hospital since Sept, 08 with some viral brain infection. He has had several Tests from 2 hospitals including the Brain Biospy. he is now in Medical Intensive care and doctors still do not know what it is. His counts are...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...lymphoma of the brain), and herpes simplex virus. Most of these can be diagnosed readily with modern techniques (PCR of the spinal fluid). I agree that HAART, with an attempt to restore a more balanced immune response would be a part of... Read more »

Sustiva & brain barrier

Dear Dr.In your opinion, does the fact that Sustiva seems to cross the barrier into the brain, which is my assumption based on Sustiva's side effect profile, mean it might help prevent the possible dementia effects described in recent research? ...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...There has been a lot of research trying to correlate HIV drug levels in the cerebral spinal fluid and prevention or treatment of dementia. To date, the results have been mixed and it is unclear that having a drug that gets Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML)

...be diagnosed using a scan of the brain by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Another way to test for PML is by checking spinal fluid. The sample is taken by inserting a needle into the spinal canal. This procedure is called a spinal tap. How... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV and the Brain

...Used Frequently in This Article ANI: asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment CNS: central nervous system CSF: cerebrospinal fluid HAD: HIV-associated dementia HAND: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder HNI: HIV-related neurocognitive impairment... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

... How is HIV passed from one person to another? Which body fluids transmit HIV? How well does HIV survive outside the body? Can I get HIV from anal sex? Can I get HIV from vaginal sex? Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

German Doctors Declare "Cure" in HIV Patient

...descent, are naturally resistant to the virus. The team followed the patient, testing samples from his colon, liver, spinal fluid, and brain -- all suspected reservoirs where HIV can hide out for years -- as he developed conditions that... Read more »
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I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...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 fluid and protein left from dying brain cells. Fortunately the brain is a miraculous organ that quickly adapts to the... Read more »

HIV+ and Encephalitis of the Brain

Posted by malias90, 1 Reply
...started meds 2 weeks ago (Truvada & Viramune) due to having 2 seizures since February 2005 and specifically abnormal spinal fluid (abundance of white blood cells), EEG irregularities (2nd seizure happened during EEG) and being HIV+. I have no... Read more »

brain lesion

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...speech, walking, writing and bacically have blurred vision in 98 i had a spinal tap which was negative for jc virus i then had a brain biopsy whitch was neg so i dont have pml but i still have the lesion and neurological deficeits and now am at a... Read more »

Brain turning to Jelly

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...the problem. The only thing they tell me is that HIV in the brain can run Rampant even if its under control in the body as the Fluids (ie blood) in the brain vs blood in the body are seperate. They did a spinal tap, which there are not CD4 tests... Read more »