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How Does Hiv Affect The Brain

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At what point does HIV affect the brain?

What are the symptoms of the HIV affecting the brain? I have had some really strange things going on and I'm wondering if Im starting to lose it. vl= und cd4=699 Im on Zoloft for mild depression and Reyataz, Videx and Epivir for the HIV. Please...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I'm sorry to hear of your problem. It does not seem likely that you are having an AIDS-related condition that is affecting your brain, given your high CD4 count. Also, it does not appear that side effects of your HIV medications are the... Read more »

HIV and brain

if the hiv virus has affected the brain and one is feeling confused and paranoid, is there a cure... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Cardiovascular Issues Can Affect Brain Health

In the time before the availability of potent anti-HIV combination therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) one of the feared consequences of HIV infection was dementia. In cases of AIDS-related dementia, people could gradually lose control of their... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

How Might Efavirenz Affect the Brain?

Researchers are not certain precisely why efavirenz or the compounds into which it is broken down by the body affect the brain. In part, this problem arises because the action of efavirenz on the brain, at least at the molecular level, is disputed... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and the Brain: The Need for More Research and Boosting the Brain

When the AIDS pandemic first appeared in North America, doctors were puzzled by the sight of previously healthy young men who had inexplicably developed one or more life-threatening infections. They quickly established that these infections... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Infection or Medications Age Brain

Researchers theorize that HIV infection itself and/or the treatments used to fight it might explain their finding that HIV patients had brain function similar to those of persons 15-20 years older. Dr. Beau Ances, of Washington University School... Read more »
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BBC Report on Brain Scan of HIV Effects

Posted by ScotCharles
Link below to copies of MRI brain scans of HIV+ people

Scans show how HIV attacks brain

HIV, which attacks the body's natural defences, also damages the brain, three dimensional medical scans... Read more »

HIV+ and Encephalitis of the Brain

Posted by malias90, 1 Reply
I 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 »

HIV May Damage Brain Tissue

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Los Angeles Times Examines Research Surrounding Long-Term Effects of HIV on Brain Tissue

November 8, 2005

The Los Angeles Times on Monday examined research into the long-term effects of HIV on brain tissue (Brink, Los Angeles Times, 11/7). A study... Read more »

HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
My neurologist at UCLA, Dr. Elyse Singer, has been warning since the mid 1990's that HIV's effect on the brain and nervous systems was a ticking timebomb. The meds never completely eradicate the virus from the body and never effectively cross the... Read more »