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Hiv And Dementia Therapy

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AIDS InfoNet

Nervous System Problems and Dementia

...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 neuropathy. This can cause damage to nerves controlling sensation. Symptoms may include altered sensation, numbness, tingling,...
Ask the Experts


My Son has dementia, He's 38 what is the best meds. for that? He is HIV.
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...If his dementia is caused by HIV (which it probably is), then the best therapy is highly-active antiretroviral treatment (HAART). I have seen many patients with HIV-associated dementia respond to HAART with substantial improvements in their memory Read more »

Non CD4 related AIDS illness

The goal of HAART is to maintain a "healthy' CD4 count and therefore avoid AIDS related infections for many years. Do you expect to see a rise in other diseases from the virus hiding in lymph cells where HAART has no effect (lymphomas for example),...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...The lower level of virus in the body as a whole that occurs with potent HIV therapy is undoubtedly a good thing. The small amounts of remaining virus in some cells is generally not replicating and instead Read more »

AIDS dementia?

Dear Doctor,What are the symptoms for AIDS related dementia? Female, + since 1990, now 39 years old, currently not on treatment but approaching the point where Ill have to restart therapy (CD4 500, 31%), I have been experiencing the following...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...characteristic of depression. You should be evaluated by a good psychiatrist, who will be able to differentiate between depression and dementia based on a mental status examination, inlcuding some more specific tests of your memory, concentration... Read more »

AIDS Dementia

I am my brothers caregiver. He suffers from AIDS Dementia, coupled with his opportunistic illness was viral encephalitis, herpes simplex. My brother was diagnosed in 1989.I would like to know more about AIDS Dementia and perhaps some techniques...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...AIDS dementia is usually seen in late stages of AIDS when the CD4 count is low (<< 200). Effective HIV therapy can often reverse it. Dementia in the setting of AIDS can also be due to other infections (such as JC virus, toxoplasmosis, Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dementia: Brain Damage Found in HIV Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy

...effectively suppressed by ARV therapy. "The results of our study raise the concern of brain injury in HIV subjects who are on treatment, even among those who are virally suppressed," noted study senior investigator Michael Weiner, PhD, who is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Marked Improvement in Survival Following AIDS Dementia Complex in the Era of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

...those with non-ADC AIDS. The median CD4 lymphocyte count at ADC diagnosis increased over the study period for those with early HIV diagnosis, but not for patients with late ADC/AIDS diagnosis. Median survival following AIDS diagnosis increased... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Anemia Drug May Be Useful in Treatment of AIDS-Related Dementia

...erythropoietin, which is sold by Amgen as Epogen and Aranesp and by Johnson & Johnson as Procrit and Eprex, may be used to treat AIDS-related dementia, the New York Times reports. Dr. Stuart Lipton, scientific director of the San Diego,... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

... Table of Contents Introduction HIV-Associated Brain Problems Diagnosing MCMD and HAD Treatment for MCMD and HAD Help for Memory Problems Taking Care Read more »
Connect With Others

I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...are losing control of your emotions and your higher brain functions due 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... Read more »

Over the Rainbow

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...have had of late. The We is my husband of thirty years and I. As many of you know, I was diagnosed with the initial stages of HIV Associated Dementia in June 2008. My dementia is caused by 25 years infection with HIV and poor control of my... Read more »

26 years AIDS survior

Posted by AaronK, 3 Replies
...I had AIDS for many years now and was the lucky one's to surive... the clinical studies.... long term side effects... and the worst isolation. Read more »

aids related dimentia..

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 1 Reply
...a common anticonvulsant drug improved cognitive function and appeared to restore nerve cells in the brains of patients with HIV-related dementia. The results of the Phase I clinical trial are published in the March issue of the scientific journal... Read more »