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HIV and AIDS Dementia

Support Groups and Counseling continued...

While understandable, these feelings do not help the situation and usually make it worse. This is why support groups were invented. Support groups are groups of people who have lived through the same difficult experiences and want to help themselves and others by sharing coping strategies.

Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, contact the following organizations. You can also ask your health care provider or behavior therapist, or go on the Internet. If you do not have access to the Internet, go to the public library.

For more information about support groups, contact these agencies:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Prevention Information Network - (301) 562-1098 or (800) 458-5231
  • Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving - (800) 445-8106
  • National Alliance for Caregiving

 

For More Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Prevention Information Network
P.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20649-6003
(301) 562-1098
(800) 458-5231

National Association of People with AIDS
1413 K St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-3442
(202) 898-0414

Web Links

AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGIS)

AIDS Research Information Center (ARIC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)

National Association of People with AIDS

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, at
NINDS Neurological Complications of AIDS Information Page

Multimedia

Media file 1: CT scan of the brain of a patient with AIDS dementia complex (ADC) shows diffuse atrophy (loss of tissue) and ventricular enlargement and attenuation (dark areas) around the ventricles in the white matter.

Dementia Due to HIV Infection CT

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Media file 2: T2-weighted MRI shows ventricular enlargement and large areas of hyperintense signal in the subcortical white matter of both frontal lobes.

Dementia Due to HIV Infection MRI

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Media file 3: Photomicrograph from a patient with AIDS dementia complex (ADC) shows perivascular and parenchymal infiltrates of lymphocytes and macrophages. These often form microglial nodules. Contributed by Dr. Beth Levy, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Dementia Due to HIV Infection Photomicrograph

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Media file 4: Photomicrograph from patient with AIDS dementia complex (ADC) illustrates the intense astrogliosis (scarring) that is characteristic of HIV encephalitis. Contributed by Dr. Beth Levy, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Dementia Due to HIV Infection Photomicrograph

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Media file 5: Multinucleated giant cells, as shown here, are a hallmark of HIV encephalitis and harbor the virus. Contributed by Dr. Beth Levy, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis.

Dementia Due to HIV Infection

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Synonyms and Keywords

acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, ADC, AIDS, AIDS dementia complex, AIDS encephalopathy, AIDS-related dementia, HIV-associated cognitive/motor complex, HIV-associated dementia complex, HIV dementia, HIV encephalitis, HIV encephalopathy, HIV infection, HIV-1 infection, dementia due to HIV infection, dementia, highly active antiretroviral therapy, HAART, HIV, human immunodeficiency virus

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on August 13, 2012

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