HIV-1 infection and cognitive impairment in the cART era: a review. AIDS

aDepartment of Neurology, The Netherlands bInternal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine & Aids, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands cCenter for Poverty-related Communicable Diseases, Academic Medical Center and Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Amsterdam, The Netherlands dDepartment of Neurology, OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands eDepartment of Infectious Diseases, San Rafaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy fDepartment of Infectious Diseases, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
AIDS (London, England) (Impact Factor: 5.55). 12/2010; 25(5):561-75. DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e3283437f9a
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With the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy AIDS dementia complex or HIV-associated dementia, as it was termed later, largely disappeared in clinical practice. However, in the past few years, patients, long-term infected and treated, including those with systemically well controlled infection, started to complain about milder memory problems and slowness, difficulties in concentration, planning, and multitasking. Neuropsychological studies have confirmed that cognitive impairment occurs in a substantial (15-50%) proportion of patients. Among HIV-1-infected patients cognitive impairment was and is one of the most feared complications of HIV-1 infection. In addition, neurocognitive impairment may affect adherence to treatment and ultimately result in increased morbidity for systemic disease. So what may be going on in the CNS after so many years of apparently controlled HIV-1 infection is an urgent and important challenge in the field of HIV medicine. In this review we summarize the key currently available data. We describe the clinical neurological and neuropsychological findings, the preferred diagnostic approach with new imaging techniques and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. We try to integrate data on pathogenesis and finally discuss possible therapeutic interventions.

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    • "Mild neurocognitive disorder and asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment are more prevalent than HIV-associated dementia (Valcour, 2013). Cognitive impairment in HIV can affect adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) or lead to difficulty managing complex medical regimens related to comorbidities (Schouten et al., 2011). It is, therefore, important to identify factors related to problems with cognitive function. "
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