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How Hiv Affects The Nervous System

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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,...
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Affecting central nervous system (CNS)

How does the HIV affects the CNS? which are the symptoms? thanks Theo...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
HIV can affect the central nervous system (CNS) in many ways, both directly and by causing poor immune function which allows other pathogens or diseases to do damage. This can lead to many, many symptoms and problems including dementia, meningitis,... Read more »

Central nervous system

HI I have read that HIV can affect the central nervous system.. how ? which are the symptoms?If damage is done can it be reversed? and which could be the development in time? Another question which is the difference between HIV and AIDS ? I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Theo,The reason your questions have not been addressed here is that this forum is devoted exclusively to questions related to anemia and fatigue. If you look around the other areas of this website I think you'll find answers to your... Read more »

HIV attacking central nervous system

i was diagnosed with encypholitis back in october at which time i was removed from all meds. I had bloodwork done and my t cells dropped from 910 to 527 in late December also viral from undetectable to 1600. New bloodwork done in middle of January...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Not exactly sure what she might be speaking of. However, HIV exists in all tissues including the brain and spinal fluid. HIV drugs penetrate into the brain at different levels. In general when we see viral loads go down in the blood, the same... Read more »

Damage to central nervous system

Hey Docs, thanks for this great service! I've read that 40-50% of all HIV+ persons will suffer from damages to the central nervous system. What kind of damages are we talking about? Will you be able to feel them or can they be...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Damage to the central nervous system can occur in many forms and may result from HIV itself, other viral infections (for example, CMV or JC virus), various infections due to bacteria/parasites/fungi, cancers, metabolic/electrolyte disorders, drugs,... Read more »
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will vitamins and Immune system booster affect hiv test results??

Posted by xrayvison, 3 Replies
I have a quick question. I am going to get an hiv test done soon but I was wondering since I take a high dose of immune system boosters like vitamin c, zinc, and vitamin d as a supplement for healthy living, would this affect the outcome of my test... Read more »

a little nervous

Posted by tommyga, 4 Replies
Newly diagnosed. My numbers have been great from bloodwork. I've had two rounds of tests, my VL has been below 14,000 each time, and my CD4 has been around 650 the first time, and 764 most recently. These are good numbers, but I'm a bit torn over... Read more »

Can Sulpiride affect the result of HIV antibody test?

Posted by character28, 2 Replies
Hi guys, do you have any information about this? Can it be possible that this antipsychotic alters the result of an HIV test? Is there actually any medicine that alters the result of an HIV test? I've asked this questions to the experts at TheBody... Read more »

I am a little nervous

Posted by franfrog, 5 Replies
I had to go for my bloodwork today but I am so nervous. I tried to keep my spirits up but my mother in law is in the hospital again. She had congestive heart failure for the second time in two months aside from already having open heart surgery... Read more »