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The Nervous System With AIDS

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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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Can the first sign of AIDS be a Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma?

Can you tell me if it's unusual for Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma to be the first illness in an hiv+ person? Don't other conditions precede such a condition? ...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma typically occurs late in the course of AIDS. Usually such patients have CD4 counts less than 50. It is not uncommon to have patients present with this type of lymphoma. They are patients, who for a variety... 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 »

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 »

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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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 »

Update...and a little nervous..

Posted by Scotchula, 4 Replies
Hello all...its me again..:-P Just wanted to share some news and concerns..

I just had my follow up visit to my specialist. As some of you may know I was diagnosed the end of this past July. I finaly got my first/basline VL and CD4 test back. ... Read more »

For those nervous about Acute HIV symptoms/afraid to get tested

Posted by thestranger, 1 Reply
Hi guys,
just wanted to share my story for those who are afraid they have gotten HIV or who think they might be experiencing ARS. A couple months back, I had an protected encounter with a woman of unknown HIV status, and three weeks after the... Read more »

Nervous...how do you get mentally prepped?

Posted by sugarplum, 5 Replies
I am a mid-20's female who is very nervous about getting tested for HIV. I know I need to get tested and I even have the lab paperwork...I have just avoided actually going to get the bloodwork done.
I have only had one sexual partner (my now ex... Read more »