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AIDS InfoNet

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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How can I tell if I am starting to get AIDS-related dementia? (COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION, 2010) (NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS, 2010)

Hi Dr. Bob, I have been on a HAART regimen since 2006 (Lexiva/Norvir/Epzicom), my CD4 count is above 700, my viral load is undetectable, and yet I seem to be getting all of the symptoms of early-stage dementia (I went through the list of early-stage...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...with some functional limitations due to the cognitive domains affected; andthe often progressive and disabling HIV-associated dementia (HAD) that always requires significant impairment for diagnosis.8As ARVs have been more widely prescribed, the... Read more »

Do I have AIDS Dementia?

In January of 2005 my primary care physician wrote the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of Arizona a letter expressing his concern that I might be suffering from Aids Dementia. They immediately had me turn in my license to practice medicine...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...weakness.There are no lab tests, including brain imaging studies that are diagnostic.Most importantly, a diagnosis of HIV-associated dementia requires that you have cognitive, motor and/or psychological symptoms and that these symptoms cause you... Read more »

Professional with dementia on disablity

My healthy friends seem to think I'm on vacation. My sick friends are soon to be all gone (four more have died in the last six months). It seems I'm slowly driving the love of my life (and the last 15 years) to drink. I've tried group. It seems...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
...learning how to drive, living in a part of the country where driving is how people are independent, means that you have possibly always wanted to be taken care of by other people. It sounds like that is not happening so well at this point in... Read more »

Neuropathy? Dementia?

What causes this? And do you have lymphnodes on the back of your head? And should they feel swollen. I am hiv pos and take meds. I am undetectible but ive heard hiv goes to your brain,what does it do to it? Can it make you forget alot?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...affects the feet first, and in some cases, the hands. What you are referring to when you say that HIV "goes to the brain" is dementia (also called HIV encephalopathy). This is a condition where memory loss, problems concentrating, and general... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...function) problems including difficulty concentrating, confusion, and memory loss. In some cases more severe HIV-associated dementia can occur. HIV-Associated Brain Problems Minor cognitive problems are not uncommon in HIV-positive people.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Older People and HIV

...mental problems. Fact Sheet 505 has more information on HIV and nervous system problems. These problems, sometimes called dementia, are less severe than they were before the use of strong anti-HIV drugs. It is difficult to know what is causing... Read more »
Project Inform

AIDS Dementia Complex

...Treating the Symptoms of ADC What If Someone I Care For Has Symptoms or Was Diagnosed With ADC? Conclusion Introduction Dementia is a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to think clearly and can impact his or her daily... Read more »
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Preventing Other Infections

...out they HIV once they already have a low CD4 count and have begun to develop opportunistic infections. Fortunately, there are ways to treat these opportunistic infections. The best way is usually to begin taking HIV medications; once you start... Read more »
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I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...to HIV is most distressing. My HIV specialist and my AIDS neurologist at UCLA have both told me that the occurrence of HIV dementia is not related to either viral load or CD4 count. The virus enters the brain shortly after infection and remains... 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 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 »