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How Common Is Dementia

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV-Related Dementia Common in Africa, Study Finds

A new study revealed 31 percent of HIV patients in Uganda had AIDS-related dementia. This alarmingly high rate could mean HIV/AIDS is one of the leading causes of dementia in the world, alongside Alzheimer's disease and strokes. "If the rate we saw... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Identify Biochemical Abnormality That May Explain Link Between HIV, Dementia

HIV/AIDS patients with early signs of dementia have depleted levels of the brain chemical dopamine, according to a study published in the September issue of the British journal Brain , Long Island Newsday reports. Researchers at the Brookhaven... Read more »
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AIDS Dementia Complex

Introduction Possible Symptoms of Early Stage ADC Possible Symptoms of Middle Stage ADC Possible Symptoms of Late Stage ADC What Is ADC? The Symptoms of ADC How Does HIV Cause ADC? Incidence Diagnosing ADC What If I Think I Have ADC? ... Read more »
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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
HIV-associated dementia inlcudes symptoms like slowed thinking, memory problems, impaired concentration, tremors, gait problems, apathy and social withdrawal.There are some medicines that can cause memory problems and other cognitive impairments,... Read more »

Dementia

What is the result of dementia in layman's terms?I read that dementia is one of the symptoms of AIDS-is it on the advanced or early stage of AIDS symptoms.So far,is dementia a very common symptom of AIDS?...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
Dementia is a very simplistic term for a very complex and diverse reality known as HIV related Neuro-psychiatric symptoms. This is when the virus affects a person's central nervous system. There are a host of symptoms that include all or some... Read more »

AIDS DEMENTIA...SOCIALSECURITY DISABILITY SCREENING MEMORY TESTING...MANDATORY

DR's. I have been diagnosed with HIV Dementia and am also applying for my social security disability & SSI. The SS doctors want me to take a memory test! What is this and what does the patient do during the test?I am anxious to take the...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I don't know which memory test the social security doctors are proposing, but most of them are very straightforward.One commonly used test, the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)is a commonly used test, but is not very sensitive to the type of... Read more »

What is dementia?

My Aunt has been ill and we thought she had Alzhiemer's disease. She is elderly. She has been diagnosed with Dementia. What is Dementia? Is it a form of Alzhiemer's?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Dementia is a disorder in which a person develops multiple cognitive deficits. Dementia always involves memory impairment, and usually involves impairment of several other cognitive areas, e.g. language problems, problems in carrying out tasks,... Read more »
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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 processing

Psychomotor slowing

Impaired... Read more »

HIV DEMENTIA

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 going crazy just thinking about having to take more meds and the cost of the... Read more »

Apathy as part of dementia????

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I looked at dementia and all they say is a very clinical, characterized by apathy, slowed thinking, forgetfulness, blah, blah, blah,-----can anyone give real life examples that will describe what apathy appears like --- slowed thinking, what does... Read more »

aids dementia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been pos for more than 23 years and now the mds think my dementia is getting worse . I am sure the viris got into my brain when I had no T cells . Now I work full time but ... Read more »