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Chronic pain common in people living with HIV

HIVMA comprehensive guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV, offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options.

14 September 2017
Is there HIV in my brain? Neurologist Dr. Joanna Hellmuth fills us in

Twice a month, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation program Positive Force hosts free The Dr. Is In events for people living with HIV in our community. This month, we invited Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, to share information about age- and HIV-related changes to thinking, memory and other cognitive processes. Here’s what we learned.

21 June 2017
BETA blog
Well-Treated HIV Is Still Associated With Vascular Abnormalities in the Brain

More research is needed into how the virus may affect cerebral small vessel disease, a leading cause of cognitive decline.

28 February 2017
No evidence of accelerated brain ageing in HIV positive people on effective ART

A European study reported no evidence of accelerating brain ageing in HIV positive people in ART, based on highly sensitive brain imaging scans and cognitive testing over two year.

19 February 2017
HIV i-Base
Link found between HIV treatment, neuronal degeneration

Certain protease inhibitors, among the most effective HIV drugs, lead to the production of the peptide beta amyloid, often associated with Alzheimer's disease, and may be the cause of cognitive problems, report researchers.

19 December 2016
Science Daily
Neurologic symptoms common in early HIV infection

Half of people newly infected with HIV experience neurologic issues, research shows. These neurologic findings are generally not severe and usually resolve after participants started antiretroviral therapy.

14 June 2016
Science Daily
HIV-positive women with childhood trauma have double the brain trouble

HIV-positive women who have endured a trauma such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect earlier in their lives are more likely to have trouble remembering, paying attention or multitasking. Parts of their brains are also smaller than women who are only affected by HIV.

26 May 2016
The Conversation
Dementia in HIV -- HAND or Alzheimer's?

Turner and colleagues at Georgetown's Memory Disorders Program argue that the usual diagnosis of dementia in HIV patients -- HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder, or HAND -- might not be the whole picture. And if some patients present with HAND, Alzheimer's or a mixture, Turner told MedPage Today, clinicians will need to broaden their differential diagnosis to get the right therapy.

28 April 2016
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
First diagnosed case of Alzheimer's disease in HIV-positive individual reported

Georgetown University researchers are reporting the first case of Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in an HIV-positive individual. The finding in a 71-year-old man triggers a realization about HIV survivors now reaching the age when Alzheimer's risk begins to escalate.

15 April 2016
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Last Men Standing: The Forgotten Survivors Of AIDS

These men, then in their 20s and 30s, weren’t supposed to make it to 40. Now some are 60 years old, even 70, still alive but wounded physically, psychologically and economically. They also are suffering debilitating health problems, chronic illnesses brought on by a lifetime of living with AIDS and the toxic effects of its treatment. Many live in stark isolation, feeling abandoned and forgotten, even by the gay community they helped build here.

11 March 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.