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Why Do Aids Patients Develop Dementia

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AIDS Dementia Complex

Introduction Possible Symptoms of Early Stage ADC Possible Symptoms of Middle Stage ADC Possible Symptoms of Late Stage ADC What Is ADC? The Symptoms of ADC How Does HIV Cause ADC? Incidence Diagnosing ADC What If I Think I Have ADC? Treating ADC 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...
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How do I know if my husband w/AIDS is developing Dementia, PML, or neurological infection?

Dear Dr. Currier,First of all, thank you for all your help to us all! My husband is 26, t-cell count of 47, viral load of 185,000 and just started therapy of viracept, zerit, and epivir 3 weeks ago. Over the past year, I have been noticing him...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Dementia may be subtle in HIV+s, but diminished concentration and ability to do calculations are very typical symptoms. Neither dementia nor PML are associated with head/neck pain, and I suspect that may be a separate problem. He should be... Read more »

Likelihood of developing dementia

Hello,I have had HIV since late 1982 and discovered it (along with an AIDS dx) in 1995. Currently, I have 190 T-cells (highest ever) and undetectable viral load.I am on my 3rd drug combination, which includes Kaletra, ddi, and 3TC. I also take...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The risk factors for the development of HIV-associated dementia (HAD)are not fully understood. We know that a viral load of >30,000 copies/ml is associated with an 8.5 times higher risk of developing HAD, when compared to having a high viral load... Read more »

AIDS Dementia

I am my brothers caregiver. He suffers from AIDS Dementia, coupled with his opportunistic illness was viral encephalitis, herpes simplex. My brother was diagnosed in 1989.I would like to know more about AIDS Dementia and perhaps some techniques...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
AIDS dementia is usually seen in late stages of AIDS when the CD4 count is low (<< 200). Effective HIV therapy can often reverse it. Dementia in the setting of AIDS can also be due to other infections (such as JC virus, toxoplasmosis, fungi,... Read more »

aids related dementia

someone close to me has justbeen diagnosed with advanced stage of aids and it seems dementia has set in. MRI has come back clear and patient is on combivir and sustiva - will the dementia symptoms go away? or what is the likelihood of them going...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
All of these drugs penetrate into the brain and should help control the virus in the brain. We know that these drugs are good at protecting individuals against developing dementia and there is evidence to suggest that cognitive function improves... Read more »
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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.

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I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
Sorry friends for my earlier angy post, but a diagnosis that you are losing control of your emotions and your higher brain functions due to HIV is most distressing.

My HIV specialist and my AIDS neurologist at UCLA have both told me that the... Read more »

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 »