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Who Gets Dementia

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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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what is hiv dementia & what is hiv drug-related dementia & their symptoms

i am concerned that i have hiv-dementia. I have never yet read anything about its symptoms? How can i tell if i am getting hiv-dementia and how can one distinguish between hiv- versus hiv-med-related dementia, that is, dementia caused by the hiv...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
HIV-associated dementia inlcudes symptoms like slowed thinking, memory problems, impaired concentration, tremors, gait problems, apathy and social withdrawal.There are some medicines that can cause memory problems and other cognitive impairments,... Read more »


Can Dementia lessen or get better as times goes by and a person is on HAART meds? My viral load is getting low and my CD4 count is going up. My mind feels sharper than it has for a while. Does it work this way?...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
Antiviral medications that cross from the blood stream into the brain can definitely reduce the neuropsychiatric symptoms of HIV. I have had numerous patients report that after going on HAART their mental clarity increased, their short term memory... Read more »


Hi there, my question has to do with dementia.I have been positive for nine years, and was on treatment for five of those years. for the past four, I have chosen not to take meds (mainly due to previous side effects I had encountered) currently, my...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
With a high viral load you are at risk for developing HIV-associated cognitive impairment, but that does not mean that you have it. You should be evaluated by a doctor or psychologist who knows how to assess for cognitive impairment. Typical signs... Read more »

hiv dementia

We found out last year that my brother is hiv+. He probably has been + about 3 years. Since then he has been hospitalized 3 times with hiv dementia. He refuses to take any hiv medication whatsoever. Each time they tell us that he does not have the...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
If your brother is HIV+, then he is infected with the AIDS virus. If he has been diagnosed with HIV-associated dementia, then he has AIDS by definition. The doctors should provide your brother with important information, such as his viral load and... Read more »
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aids dementia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been pos for more than 23 years and now the mds think my dementia is getting worse . I am sure the viris got into my brain when I had no T cells . Now I work full time but ... Read more »


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 going crazy just thinking about having to take more meds and the cost of the... 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 processing

Psychomotor slowing

Impaired... Read more »

Apathy as part of dementia????

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I looked at dementia and all they say is a very clinical, characterized by apathy, slowed thinking, forgetfulness, blah, blah, blah,-----can anyone give real life examples that will describe what apathy appears like --- slowed thinking, what does... Read more »