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Neurological Problems Don't Affect Everyone Living With HIV (Video)

June 2, 2016

On behalf of IFARA, executive producer Fred Schaich spoke with Bruce J. Brew, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., about neurological issues related to HIV. Neurological problems, whether as a result of living with HIV or normal aging, influence mental health and vice versa. Unfortunately, there was little research on mental health presented at CROI 2016, Dr. Brew said. While neurocognitive problems may appear very early on in acute HIV infection, "there is a profound misconception that HIV will affect the brain in everyone," he emphasized. Those who are at risk for neurocognitive problems may need to use different HIV medications that attack the virus at an earlier stage of its life cycle in order to prevent the production of residual viral proteins. Tools also need to be developed for determining which particular aspects of HIV infection in a specific patient are driven by what is happening in his or her brain compared with what is happening in the rest of the body, Dr. Brew said.

Watch the video to learn more:

About the panelist:

  • Bruce J. Brew, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., St. Vincent's Private Hospital, Sydney, Australia

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York.

Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

Copyright © 2016 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 23rd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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