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How Do You Know If You Have Dementia

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How do I know if my husband w/AIDS is developing Dementia, PML, or neurological infection?

Dear Dr. Currier,First of all, thank you for all your help to us all! My husband is 26, t-cell count of 47, viral load of 185,000 and just started therapy of viracept, zerit, and epivir 3 weeks ago. Over the past year, I have been noticing him...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Dementia may be subtle in HIV+s, but diminished concentration and ability to do calculations are very typical symptoms. Neither dementia nor PML are associated with head/neck pain, and I suspect that may be a separate problem. He should be... Read more »

Long term effects of HIV Associated Dementia

Hello,When I started HAART in November 1998 my CD4s were 46 and my viral load was 466,000. I also... Read more »
Articles
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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

University of North Dakota Medical School Receives HIV Research Grant

A five-year, $2.235 million grant to study HIV dementia has been awarded to a University of North Dakota professor. "Our research is looking at how proteins that are part of the HIV virus can excite and kill neurons in the brain," said Jonathan... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

Treatment as Prevention: What You Need to Know

Every month, HIV specialist Theresa Mack, M.D., M.P.H. -- an associate medical director at St. Luke's Medical Group in Harlem, N.Y. -- will answer your most pressing HIV/AIDS questions. For years we've known that with effective treatment, HIV... Read more »
Project Inform

Connection Found Between Belly Fat and Dementia

A study reported in the journal, Neurology , finds a possible link between excess belly fat and the risk of dementia. While the research did not look specifically at people living with HIV, it raises specific concerns for them. The researchers... Read more »
Connect With Others

dementia - what are your experiences

Posted by cunta_stalwart, 2 Replies
lets talk about this late stage debilitating aspect of HIV

Can it be treated,
willl everybody get it
do the modern drugs help
early indicators.

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someone please explain the "terms" of dementia

Posted by Anonymous
would someone please explain, from personal experience, what words like apathy mean in terms of late stage aids and dementia. all the fancy words aren't adding up in my brain. I wish I could find and read a book describing the day in the life of... Read more »

ScotCharles: Regarding Dementia

Posted by samS, 2 Replies
Hi,
I was also having problems with concentration and analytical thought. It turns out that I was severely hypothyroid (TSH 15). My doctor has increased my dose of synthroid and my symptoms have all but disappeared.

Just wanted to let you know in... 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 »