28 February 2009

AIDS-related cognitive impairment

HIV associated with cognitive impairment despite treatment
MedPage Today: 12 February 2008
More than half of HIV-positive people in a large cohort study had at least some degree of cognitive impairment, a researcher said here.

Only 2% had the "shattering" AIDS-related dementia that was common in the early years of the epidemic, said Igor Grant, M.D., of the University of California San Diego.

But another 30% had moderate impairment -- enough to be noticed by them or others -- and 21% had mild impairment that would show up on tests but would not necessarily be noticeable otherwise, Dr. Grant told attendees at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

Cognitive impairment was seen in many members of the cohort even though their HIV treatment had reduced the virus to undetectable levels in the plasma, Dr. Grant. … > full story

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