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Nervous System Problems and Dementia

...Sheet 555 for more information. Central nervous system (CNS) problems include depression and problems with sleeping, balance, walking, thinking, and memory. In the early years of AIDS these were all called "HIV-Associated Dementia." However, a broader range of problems is showing up at present. This is now called HIV-associated Neurological Disturbances (HAND), which includes less severe symptoms referred to as Minor Cognitive Motor...
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I have a question on how the HIV virus affects the brain. I know a parson who has 26yrs AIDS positive and has demtia. how is demtia offset by HIV? I know that HIV is in your blood and therefor it is everywere, but wouldnt it actulay have to nfect...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...cells.By infecting glial cells in the brain, the virus sets off an inflammatory response in the brain. The exact cause of the dementia is not known, but it is believed that the damage to the central nervous system is a result of this inflammatory... Read more »

HIV in the Spine

One day I had a seizure while at a PTA meeting (most likely brought on by the chemotherapy medication I was on for non-HIV related Hodgkins lymphoma), I was brought to the emergency room where the person who did my spinal tap removed too much spinal...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...(though still possible) that HIV is causing the central nervous system effects you are experiencing. If you are developing AIDS dementia that usually shows up on a head MRI scan tosome degree. A good evaluation by an HIV knowledgeable neurologist... Read more »


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 Read more »


can dementia be cured by proper nutrition?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...No, proper nutrition cannot cure dementia. Read more »
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Stopping the Spread of HIV

...milk has to get into your body. HIV-infected pregnant women can pass the infection to their new babies. To decrease the risk of spreading HIV: Use condoms during sexual activity; Do not share drug injection equipment; If you are HIV-infected... Read more »
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... What Is Molluscum? How Does Molluscum Spread? How Do I Know if I Have Molluscum? How Is Molluscum Treated? Can Molluscum Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems Read more »
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Abacavir (Ziagen)

...Abacavir seems to get into the central nervous system (spinal fluid). Therefore, it may help prevent mental problems such as dementia. See Fact Sheet 505 for more information on dementia. What About Drug Resistance? Many new copies of HIV... Read more »
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Safer Sex Guidelines

... How Does HIV Spread During Sex? Unsafe Activities Safer Activities Safe Activities What if Both People Are Already Infected? Know What Read more »
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interesting news story about man with HIV?

Posted by RPH, 2 Replies
...dangerous individual," Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins said after the sentencing. "If he is not in prison, he would likely continue to spread HIV." Sykes was convicted in 1997 under a 1988 Missouri law that made it a felony to knowingly expose... Read more »

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. 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 »

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 »